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VOL. 50 JANUARY, 2003 No. 1 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 

Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Father, let me dedicate All this year to Thee, 
In whatever worldly state Thou wilt have me be; 
Not from sorrow, pain, or care Freedom dare I claim; 
This alone shall be my prayer: Glorify Thy name. 

Can a child presume to choose Where or how to live? 
Can a father's love refuse All the best to give? 
More Thou givest every day Than the best can claim, 
Nor withholdest aught that may Glorify Thy name. 

If in mercy Thou wilt spare Joys that yet are mine; 
If on life, serene and fair, Brighter rays may shine, 
Let my glad heart, while it sings, Thee in all proclaim, 
And whate'er the future brings, Glorify Thy name. Amen. 

Lawrence Tuttlett, 1825-1897 
From the Baptist Hymnal 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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Two hours ago I woke up from a night of peaceful rest and 
a pleasant dream. I dreamed I was holding a precious 
grandchild who was soon to leave for another long period of 
absence from us grandparents who love them dearly. It is like 
the relationship of us to our Heavenly Father who loves us 
much more. I can't really do a lot for my grandchildren, though 
I would like to. We can pray, but it is God who answers and 
gives the care. Our Father in heaven is not limited in His ability 
to provide for us. As the Bible says (Jer. 59:1): "Behold, the 
Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear 
heavy, that it cannot hear." As we begin a new year, I want to 
sense this care He has for us. 

As we look ahead, we know there will be trials, testing our 
trust of our loving Heavenly Father. There will be heartaches, 
disappointments, and failures. But the cup is not just "half 
empty." It is also "half full!" There will be rewards and 
blessings. There will be light for the path and a mighty hand to 
hold us. 

I just read in Revelation 1 where John gives a tribute of 
praise to Jesus Christ our Savior: "Unto him that loved us, and 
washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us 
kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and 
dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 

Moses and the nobles of Israel saw God on Mt. Sinai in His 
glory and beauty. And then the whole nation saw something 
they would not forget: "The sight of the glory of the Lord was 
like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the 
children of Israel." Today we have another view of God, We 
see Jesus, God in the flesh, and He is altogether lovely, both in 


His appearance and in His relationship to us. It is a more 
intimate view-one that pleases and comforts, for we know He 
is near and cares about our every fear, every dread, every 

How able is this Savior? Imagine if you can, the greatest 
powers on earth— massive earth movers, gigantic ships and 
airplanes that plow through the sea and sail through the air. 
Think also of bombs and missiles so feared by the nations. 
Jesus Christ is more powerful. 

Think of things that are swift-flying hawks and the running 
cheetah. Or consider the speed of sound which man's planes 
and missiles and bullets can easily surpass. Beyond our 
imagination is the speed of light. Jesus is swifter than all these. 
His timing is perfect; He is never late. He will help us in His 
time, "and that right early." 

Then there are wise creatures described in Scripture— ants, 
conies, locusts, and spiders. Man has been given wisdom in 
technology and medicine so that Solomon might not say today, 
"There is no new thing under the sun." God is wiser. He 
knows the future; there is nothing hid from Him. 

Contemplate things glorious-the beauties of sunrise and 
sunset— the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, waterfalls, huge 
trees, the colorful creatures of the sea, and the beauty of 
woodgrain. Christ is far more glorious. We could not look on 
His heavenly beauty with our limited capacities. 

Then meditate on the blessings of deliverance-the 
miraculous exodus from Egypt and crossing of the Red Sea. 
Think of close calls we have had on the road, at work, or in the 
home. David said, "There is but a step between me and death," 
and it is true for us. Be impressed with the way our loved ones 
have been spared from accident or death. Then know that the 
deliverance of our souls from eternal death is greater than all 


We cannot fathom the intense conflict on the cross when 
Jesus bore our sins in His own body. Or the magnitude of His 
resurrection and ascension when He "led captivity captive and 
gave gifts unto men." We cannot understand how and why He 
saves our souls individually. But we do understand what He 
means when He invites all men, "Come unto me. . ." We know 
the difference between condemnation and rest for our souls. 
We know value when we see it, and when He offers us beauty 
for ashes, and the light of life for the darkness of sin, may we 
not refuse such a "deal" 

We hope and pray that 2003 will be a time of decision and a 
time of commitment for us— for those who have never yielded to 
the care-giving Savior, and for all of us who need victory in 
Jesus each day. --L.C. 


Thank you, brother, for saying something good about that 
young sister. Because of your favorable comment about her, I 
gave up my preconceived impressions and made an effort to 
become better acquainted with her. Learning to know her was 
well worth my time. You provoked me to love. 

Thank you, sister, for your examples of self-denial I know 
you badly wanted to go along with us last weekend, but gave it 
up to spend time with your aged sister. I know, too, that there 
have been times you would have liked so much to stay home in 
the evening, but you consented to go away with a friend 
because she wanted you to go along. Over and over, I see you 
giving your time and energy for the sake of others, when I 
know your body would just like to take life a little easier. You 
have been a blessing to me in so many ways, and I am 
encouraged to emulate that self-denial in my life. 


Thank you, brother, for having special words of 
encouragement to say to us single sisters from time to time. 
This makes us feel accepted and appreciated, and we press on in 
our duties with greater zeal. 

Thank you, sister, for writing that note of encouragement 
when you knew I'd been slighted and guessed that I might be 
having a hard time forgiving and loving the offender. 

Thank you, sister, for confiding your troubles to me and 
letting me share your burdens with you. Our times of prayer 
together were special and strengthened me as well as you. 

Thank you, brother, for all you do for me. You are ever 
ready to do the jobs around here that I cannot do, either for 
lack of physical strength or of know-how. Your gracious 
willingness makes me yearn to be able to help others more 

Thank you, ministers, for exhorting us so faithfully and 
regularly. Often, the messages you bring come just at the exact 
time that I need such reminders to keep from slipping in my 
Christian walk. Such thoughts as, "It's when we are looking for 
glory for ourselves that we get offended." and, "We can create a 
mask of good motives to cover up selfishness;" these challenge 
me to examine myself and my true motives. 

Thank you, sisters, for telling me about specifically- 
answered prayers. I can rejoice and praise God with you, and 
my faith in our prayer-answering God is increased. 

Thank you, sister, for sharing a specific need of your heart 
with me and letting me add my petitions to God in your behalf. 
I can see how being able to immediately forgive your husband 
and children for the little irksome ways they have would 
enhance peace in your home. 

Thank you, sister, for showing acceptance and appreciation 
for another sister whom I did not appreciate. In so doing, you 
caused me to examine my feelings, and I found I was actually 
looking down on this other sister. God forgive me. 


Thank You, God, for brethren and sisters who so faithfully 
fulfill Thy command, "... to consider one another to provoke 
unto love and to good works." 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


India is the largest democracy in the world and rapidly 
catching up with China as the most populous country, and yet 
India continues to have a food shortage. 

Here in America, a recent government study showed that 
more than one-fourth of the food produced in the United States 
spoils, is tossed out unused, or goes uneaten. The study 
pointed out that just a small percentage of that wasted food 
could feed millions. The U.S. has about 10 million who go 
hungry each day. Four million are children. 

The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates that food lost in 
stores, restaurants and people's homes in 1995 amounted to 
more than 96 billion pounds-one quarter of the total U.S. food 
supply of 356 billion pounds. Most of the food is lost from 
spoiling in the refrigerator, or is tossed uneaten into the garbage 
can. A small portion is lost in grocery stores through 
overstocking, throwing out fresh produce and dairy products, 
and food removed for surpassing its "sell-by" date. Two-thirds 
of the lost food is fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, and grain 

Worldwide, poverty and hunger continue to stalk many 
countries. About 1.2 billion people get by on less than $1.00 
per day for food, shelter, and clothing. Those making do on 
$2.00 a day number 2.8 billion-almost one-third of the entire 
world's population. This makes wasting food in our country a 
great tragedy in comparison. 



The food banks across America and around the world are 
trying hard to help those in need. They invite you to host a 
food drive at your school, church, or neighborhood. Learn 
about hunger in your own neighborhood and what is being done 
to help. Take a tour of local food banks and learn about their 
organization and needs. Perhaps you can volunteer to help 
stack food or box it up. You could make a tax-deductible 
donation, or make a donation on your tax forms. Every little bit 
helps, and a lot of help is needed. 

From World Studies Weekly, Oct. 2001 

Another way to help not mentioned in this article is to be 
careful not to waste food ourselves. — L. C. 



"But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is 
that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise 
is not of man, but of God." —Romans 2:29 

"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new 
testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter 
killeth, but the spirit giveth life." —II Corinthians 3:16 

The cradle of the Brethren faith was Pietism; the first 
Brethren had been Pietists; the men that influenced them most 
were Pietists. Though the name was given in derision, it is also 
descriptive of their lives if we understand it to mean those who 
are truly pious. Briefly, Pietism was an attempt to return to 
Biblical life and practice, protesting empty formalism and 
dogmatic doctrine. It arose first in the Lutheran Church but 
included those with the same desires in all three state churches. 
Pietists could be placed in two classes: those who worked for 


improvement within the church, and those more radical Pietists 
who believed that the only way a change could be made was by 
separating from the church. 


Though Philipp Spener was called the founder of Pietism, 
there were others before him with similar beliefs. His work was 
in Germany, but God also touched some in England, Holland, 
and Switzerland. He was not a heroic type, but somewhat timid 
and retiring. Nevertheless,* his devotion, "moral earnestness," 
and sense of duty and responsibility showed in his life and 
extensive writings. Educated in many fields with a doctorate in 
theology, Spener knew what was going on. He deplored the 
formalism and lack of real spiritual life in the Lutheran Church 
of his time. In his booklet Pia Desideria (Pious Desires), he 
proposed some simple steps toward reform. These may seem 
very basic to us, and we would take them for granted. But at 
that time they were radical ideas. 

1. The Bible must be circulated and taught among members. 

2. All believers are a spiritual priesthood with the right and 
responsibility to teach, punish, and edify. 

3. More gentleness and love should be shown among 

4. Clergymen must be trained in personal piety more than 
just in intellectual knowledge and dogma. 

5. Sermons should be more edifying and less technical. 
Though many welcomed such teaching, Spener was 

criticized and distrusted by much of the clergy. He had hoped 
to influence the whole church by forming small bands of earnest 
believers. Instead, the factions divided into camps of opposite 
views. His teaching of the authority of the laity was generally 
an offense to the clergy and also to the earthly rulers who were 
not at all ready to share their privileges and absolute authority. 


Remember, the clergymen were also government officials! One 
theologian, Johann Deitschman, charged Spener with 283 
erroneous teachings. "The controversy was the more bitter 
since Spener's opponents feared, not without reason, that 
Pietism represented a new religious tendency, though they were 
unable to grasp its true nature, much less to understand its 
relative justification." (Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of 
Religious Knowledge, Vol. IX p. 56) 

Though Spener did not accomplish all he wished in the way 
of church reform, he did succeed in encouraging instruction of 
young people, introducing the Bible as a school textbook. He 
taught the importance of true conviction in the heart as opposed 
to memorized answers and head knowledge of spiritual truths. 


August Herman Franke, also an educated man, was a more 
forceful leader than his friend Spener. At age twenty-four, 
Franke experienced a turning point, which he called his 
conversion. He became an active Pietist, a pastor, and a 
professor at the University of Halle in Germany. His greatest 
work was his establishment of a charitable foundation at Halle. 
This consisted of an orphanage, a school, a printing press, and a 
pharmacy. When he died, more than 2,200 children were being 
taught at his school including 134 orphans. There were 175 
teachers and eight inspectors with 250 students receiving free 
board. Franke was among the first in Germany to promote 
foreign missions. He was a tireless preacher, pastor, and 
teacher of children. 

The Pietists seemed to realize that the best way to effect 
reform would be through the education of the young people. 
Opposition came from the older, leader-types who were set in 
their ways and felt their positions threatened by the new 


Franke's zealous and charitable work at Halle was surely a 
help in proving the practical sincerity of the Pietists. Whatever 
might have been their faults, they had the love of God and their 
fellow men. 


Arnold, a Pietist, was a scholarly historian. His greatest 
influence on the Brethren came from his history of the early 
church. One of the Brethren's goals was to pattern their 
practice after New Testament Christianity. Arnold's history 
entitled Impartial History of the Church and the Heretics and 
his first work, The First Love, That Is the True Portrayal of the 
First Christians, gave the Brethren the information they were 
seeking to guide their development of New Testament practice. 

Arnold's church history was revolutionary in that he took his 
information from the writings of various sects charged with 
heresy, rather than from the charges of those who called them 
heretics. The title with the word impartial indicates that he 
thought the "orthodox" church was often unfair in its judgment 
of small sects of the past. 

Gottfried Arnold was regarded as a leader of the more 
radical Pietists— those who actually separated from the state 
churches, rather than attempting reform from within. Arnold 
held positions of influence, wrote extensively, and composed a 
number of hymns. -L.C. 

RHOADES - HILTY Keith Rhoades and Marlene Hilty were 
united in Christian marriage on December 21, 2002, at 
Bradford, Ohio. 

New address: 3708 State Route 571 West 
Greenville, OH 45331 
(937) 547-3908 


Trust and Obey 

Daniel Towner was the song leader one evening at an 
evangelistic meeting in Brockton, Massachusetts. The people in 
attendance were asked to share how they had been saved. 
Several stood and told of how certain they felt of their 
salvation. But then a young man rose and said, "I am not quite 
sure. . . but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey." 

Towner couldn't forget that testimony. He jotted it down 
sent it to John Sammis, who had recently left a career in 
business to enter the ministry. He hoped that Sammis would be 
inspired to use it as a hymn text. Daniel Towner was not 

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, 

What a glory He sheds on our way! 

While we do His good will, He abides with us still, 

And with all who will trust and obey. 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and 
Mark F. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William I Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved, 

Jean Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


ROYER - A son, Connor Merrill, born December 4 to Merrill 

and Martha Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 

FLORA - A son, Dirk Nicholas, born December 1 1 to Greg and 

Elisabeth Flora of Nappanee, Indiana. 

COVER - A son, Anthony James, born December 17 to Jesse 

and Rachel Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

BEERY - A daughter, Juliana Hope, born December 25 to 

Jonathan and Angie Beery of Williamsport, Indiana 



MARLIN DAVID HUFFMAN, oldest son of David L. and 
Bessie Coning Huffman was born on January 18, 1938, at 
Dayton, Ohio. He unexpectedly, but very peacefully, answered 
his Master's call at his home in Felda, Florida, on November 28, 
2002, in the early morning hours at the age of 64 years. 

On June 26, 1956, he was united in marriage with Eva F. 
Bussard, and into this home were born one son and four 
daughters. After their marriage, they lived near Lafayette, 
Indiana, while he served his conscientious objectors service. In 
August, 1956, he was baptized unto Christ and into the 
fellowship of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church to which 
he remained faithful until death. They lived in the Stillwater 
District for a few years before moving to Lakeland, Florida, and 
then to Felda in 1974. Marlin enjoyed and appreciated his close 
fellowship with the members of the Pine Grove District in 

Marlin loved plants and animals and was the founder of 
Plantation Botanicals. He had developed his home into a 
beautiful garden and research center. 

Survivors include his wife; son Michael and Ligia of Felda; 
daughters, Valerie and Richard Douglas of Lakeland, Cynthia 
and Russell Thurman of Palm Bay, Diana and Mark Williams of 
LaBelle, Caroline and Mark Callaway of Disco, Indiana; and 
seventeen grandchildren. Also surviving are four brothers: 
Allen and Marie, Byron and Marie, James and Faye, and Levi 
and Norma. He was preceded in death by his parents and 
toddler brother Loyd. 

Elders Loyd Jamison and Eldon Denlinger conducted the 
funeral service under the canopy of a tent at the family home on 
December 1. A light, misty rain fell most of the day so that 
even the gardens' plants seemed to weep. Burial was a short 


walk down the path bordered by blooming plants. He was laid 
to wait the glorious resurrection morning in a peaceful setting in 
the gardens he had designed and so tenderly cared for. 

The Family 


My Father's love, so gentle and kind 
Looks down upon these cares of mine, 
To guide us with a love so true, 
By faith and hope we are renewed. 

My Father's presence fills the earth, 
Unseen by all who are given birth, 
Yet He gives strength to hear His voice; 
To know Him better is my choice. 

My Father's love, faithful and true, 
And though He lives beyond the blue, 
His ever-present seeing eyes 
Are kind and loving and all wise. 

My Father's presence fills my soul; 

He knows my heart; He knows my goal; 

May I ever faithfully walk— 

His presence with me, interlocked. 

My Father's love, Jesus promised, 
There is not one who can be missed; 
The Holy Spirit dwells within 
All those who choose to flee from sin. 

My Father's love, faithful and true; 



His ever-presence guides me through; 
Oh may Thy presence fill my soul 
Till I have reached my heavenly goal 

My Father's presence, so controlled; 
Guide and keep— oh bless my soul 
While in my life Thy presence shines, 
Reflects my Saviour, so divine. 
Vicki L, Witmer 
New Madison, Ohio 

We wish God's blessings to our readers as we begin another 
year—the 50th year for The Pilgrim, We thank God for His 

Thanks to Bill Miller for our printed labels. Thanks to 
Linda Frick and other writers for good articles and poems. We 
welcome original writings and selections, too, and can only 
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May you walk with Jesus through 2003 or until He comes. 
Leslie and Martha Cover 


Chris Crawmer: 

5319 ShoemakeAve. 
Modesto, CA 95358 



Plea for Perfection 

I'm trying to step in Your footprints, 
For Jesus, You've walked straight and true. 
I'm making You the Lord and Master 
Of everything I say and do. 

Please lead me, Lord; I want to follow, 
No matter how rough grows the way, 
For I know that You've been there before me; 
Your strength is sufficient today. 

I've failed so often— forgive me! 
Please, Lord, give me strength to go on. 
Though sometimes the fight overwhelms me, 
I may use of Your grace till it's won. 

Though duties may seem to be pressing, 
And I cannot see my way through, 
Remind me to come and be still, Lord, 
And learn a new lesson from You. 

Yes, each day will bring a new trial; 
Each day a new struggle to win, 
But each one is sent with a purpose: 
To make me more Christlike within. 

Joy Royer 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

Delayed obedience is disobedience. 


CHILDREN'S PAGE What's the Verse? 
Follow the instructions below to cross off words in the 
puzzle. Then read from left to right, one line at a time, to find 
out what the Bible verse says, 

1 . Cross off all words longer than seven letters. 

2. Cross off all names of trees. 

3 . Cross off all pairs of homonyms (word that sound the 
same but are spelled differently.) 

4. Cross off all words with an X. 

5. Cross off all names of musical instruments. 

6. Cross off all words ending in CK. 

7. Cross off all words that rhyme with mice. 

8. Cross off all words whose second letter is U. 


























From Exchange Messenger, Oct., 1999 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, CA 95379 



PERMIT # 10 


VOL. 50 FEBRUARY. 2QQ3 No. 2 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 


Come, keaven-bound pilgrims, and join in God's praise, 
Come seek now His blessing and learn of His ways, 
In humble devotion bow low at His feet, 
In true spirit worship, His favor entreat. 

Let each one consider the price we have cost, 
Let each one be burdened with souls that are lost, 
And seek that infilling of power from above, 
That fits us for service and fills us with love. 

Remember each other in true, fervent prayer, 
Pray too for God's servants that they may declare 
The message of truth with an anxious desire, 
That all be enkindled with heavenly fire. 

O gracious Redeemer, be with us we pray, 
Breathe on us Thy Spirit to show us the way, 
And fill us with goodness, with peace and delight, 
That all to Thy glory may shine as a light 

JohnM. Shenk (1848-1935) 
From The Christian Hymnaty 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine pxibHshed in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee R&, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


This morning in thirty minutes I must meet my son at the 
end of our driveway to send a sewing machine with him on its 
way to be repaired. Yesterday, like many others, I had an 
appointment with the dentist. Our lives are filled with these 
appointments and deadlines, and we have some that only God 

On Saturday, February 1, seven astronauts lost their lives 
when they were very near the end of their mission. They met an 
appointment that God had set. He knew the time of the 
morning and the place over Texas when they would come to the 
close of life here. 

God set a time for Jesus to come. Galatians 4:4: "But 
when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, 
made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that 
were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of 
sons." Aren't we glad that God made that appointment! There 
was a time for the Holy Spirit to come: "And when the day of 
Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one 
place." (Acts 2:1) 

For each of us, God has set a time for our last breath-our 
last heartbeat. We cannot alter it; only God can change it. We 
are in an immense waiting room, expecting our call. And yet, I 
trust that we are not just sitting around. Since we don't know 
the time of our appointment, we must be active as we wait. 

When King Hezekiah was sick, God said, "Set thine house 
in order, for thou shalt die and not live." Hezekiah "turned his 
face to the wall" and prayed that God would give him more 
time. He reminded God that he had walked before Him with a 
perfect heart and had done "that which is good in thy sight." 


He "wept sore;" lie was not ready to die. God answered Ms 
prayer, healed him, and promised him fifteen more years. He 
gave him a miraculous sign that this would happen. He caused 
the shadow of the sundial to go backward ten degrees. We 
know that God does all things well, but we notice that in this 
extra fifteen years, Manasseh was born to Hezekiah. This man 
became one of the very wicked kings of Judah. However, 
Manasseh repented after the Lord punished him through the 
king of Assyria. Read his story in II Kings 21 and II Chronicles 

One thing we learn from these accounts: today is the day of 
salvation. We have only today to hear His voice, the call of our 
loving Savior. We can be ready for that final appointment of 
God. Through the blood of Jesus, we have a better hope than 
Hezekiah had. Death has lost its sting, and we don't need to 
fear it. If we are in Christ like Paul, we too can have "a desire 
to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better." — L.C. 


"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." 
(Heb. 4:9) "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us 
of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short 
of it." (Heb. 4:1) 

The apostle Paul also writes to his son Timothy: "For God 
hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, 
and of a sound mind." (II Tim. 1:7) 

We see no conflict in these passages. The former reminds 
us of the security we can have in Christ— that what He has 
promised He can and will provide. To lose faith in this promise 
will forfeit our rest; resulting in a life of sin and unrest. The 
latter is the assurance we should have in "no fear" of being a 


living sacrifice, as Paul was experiencing when writing this 
letter in bonds. 

The security of this promise is in the fear of the Lord. 
Where there is no reverential fear, there is no rest. This is 
vividly displayed in children. When we see a contented child 
sitting on a mother's or father's lap—this child has had a physical 
encounter with the results of "no fear"— no exceptions. 

The Scriptures remind us of the results of "no fear" through 
the conduct of that nation God wanted to use to prove His 
sovereignty. The Scriptures also tell us of the blessing upon 
those that feared the Lord. 

The picture of rest and unrest is always before us: darkness 
and light. To be able to discern the difference takes spiritual 
discernment. There are claims made that America is 80% 
Christian, when more than 50% of marriages end in divorce and 
thousands of unborn children are slain yearly. Knowing tins 
behavior is proof that God has given them over to a reprobate 
mind to do those things which are not convenient. (Rom 1:28) 
There is only one source of deliverance from this unrest, and 
that is our faith in Jesus Christ and the love which we have to 
all the saints. (Col 1:4) 

"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and 
hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son." (Col. 
1:13) "(For the fruit of the Spirit is in ah goodness and 
righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the 
Lord."(Eph. 5:9,10) 

Not until we can communicate with this assignment can we 
be resting in reality. 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

The true goal of the Christian life is heaven; nothing more, 
nothing less, and nothing else. 

From Pulpit Helps 




How many times have you prayed this? Does this mean we 
won't experience temptation if we possess the Holy Spirit? Can 
we expect to have it better than Jesus who was tempted of the 
devil after forty days and nights without anything to eat? 
Hardly! God doesn't lead us into temptation, but allows Satan 
to tempt us. "In that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he 
is able to succour (aid) them that are tempted." (Heb. 2:18) 
"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of 
temptations. . ." (II Pet. 2:9) He is always close to us, waiting 
to hear our plea for help and strength. He allows temptations 
common to all men, but does not allow temptations greater than 
we are able to bear, making ways of escape for us, enabling us 
to bear it. (See I Cor. 10:13 and James 1:13,14.) 

But some fall. "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and 
the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to 
the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." (Gal. 
5:17) This very well describes the battle that is constantly 
raging: a battle unseen but hideous; silent but roaring at all 
mankind; spiritual but striking carnal man hard, touching every 
aspect of life in this world. Therefore, we are admonished to 
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a 
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same 
afflictions are accomplished hi your brethren that are in the 
world." (I Pet. 5:8) This contains the elementary prescription 
for success: be sober (serious, thoughtful), be vigilant 
(watchful, alert, mindful). We are not ignorant of his devices. 
(II Cor. 2:11) 

How do we deal with temptation? 


We fight! We face it and fight because we have "put on the 
whole armour of God, that (we) may be able to stand against 
the wiles of the devil. We have our loins girded with truth. We 
are wearing the breastplate of righteousness. On our feet is the 
gospel of peace. We are holding in our hand the shield of faith. 
Our head is covered with the helmet of salvation. Our other 
hand grips the sword of the Spirit. Tims we stand and fight the 
"fiery darts of the wicked," just as Jesus stood and faced Satan, 
triumphantly stating, "It is written." The truth will stand up 
against Satan, and it will pierce him, driving him away. The 
sword of the Spirit is the Word of God; know it well! Face 
Satan and order him away from you. ("Get thee hence, Satan.") 

Jesus, rebuking Peter, declared, "Get thee behind me, Satan: 
thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things 
that be of God, but those that be of men." The world tends to 
distract us, disarming us into a vulnerable state. We are told in 
no uncertain terms that "the friendship of the world is enmity 
with God; whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is 
the enemy of God." (James 4:4) The solution is, "Submit 
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee 
from you." (v. 7) Submitting to God means meditation and 
prayer. It is a conscious effort, a disciplining of our minds to 
pure thoughts of God. We have the promise in this same 
chapter that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. 
(v. 8) 

We flee! "Flee fornication." (I Cor. 6:18) "Flee from 
idolatry. . ." (I Cor. 10:14) "Flee also youthful lusts." (II Tim. 
2:22) ". . .And he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and 
got him out." (Gen. 39:12) Joseph has left us a great example 
of how to deal with this temptation. This is a sin against our 
own body, but the Holy Spirit who dwells within, purifies our 
body into an acceptable vessel for Him. It is an earthen vessel, 
but nevertheless we have this treasure, "that the excellency of 
the power may be of God, and not of us." (II Cor. 4:7) 


Without God in us we are virtually powerless, a crumbly heap 
of clay. "But we have this treasure! 1 ' How wonderful, 
marvelous, and glorious! Glorify God in your body. 

We endure, wait. Job is our example here; he was "a perfect 
and an upright man, one that feared God, and eschewed evil." 
(Job 1:1,8; 2:3) He endured total loss of his worldly goods and 
children. He endured sickness and intense pain. His wife 
tempted him to curse God and renounce his faith. Instead, he 
patiently endured Satan's wrath so that in the end, he was 
blessed more than in his beginning. "The Lord is good unto 
them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good 
that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation 
of the Lord." (Lam. 3:25,26) 

". . .We ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for 
your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations 
that ye endure." (II Thess. 1:4) Christ has entrusted us with His 
Kingdom within us until the day of manifestation, when He 
comes again and reveals the everlasting Kingdom prepared for 
the faithful. To promote, labor, and battle for this earthly 
kingdom is not compatible to the gospel of peace, the principles 
of Christ, or the fruit of His Spirit. Our position in this world is 
to wait, endure, and proclaim the Gospel in word, life, and 
conduct. We are loving, joyful, peaceable, longsuffering, 
gentle, good, faithful, meek, temperate. We have crucified the 
flesh with the aJffections and lusts. (Gal. 5:22-24) 

The apostle Paul had a temptation that he had to endure. It 
was the infirmity of his flesh: "And my temptation which was in 
my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an 
angel of God, even as Christ Jesus." 

We avoid ". . .Supposing that gain is godliness. . .But 
godliness with contentment is great gain. . . They that will be 
rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and 
hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some 


coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced 
themselves through with many sorrows." (I Tim. 6:5-10) 

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." (I Thess.. 5:22) This 
necessitates constant watching and thought. 

The Christian life is one of meditation, thought, prayer, 
alertness, and the relying on the Holy Spirit to control us. It is 
mind boggling when we consider how many temptations there 
are. The key is to concentrate on the way out of temptation 
and not on the temptation itself Our eyes, ears, nose, hands, 
mouth, and mind are all susceptible. 

This life is one of growing. These temptations enable us to 
grow in Christ, strengthen our faith, and perfect us. We should 
actually "count it all joy when (we) fall into divers temptations." 
(James 1:2) 

Jesus prayed to His Father that we would be kept from the 
evil in this world. (John 17:15) God is faithful in this. Do we 
do our part? "See then that ye walk circumspectly (carefully, 
watchfully, discreetly), not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the 
time, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15,16) 

"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will 
keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon 
all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I 
come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take 
thy crown." (Rev. 3:10,11) 

Ronald Cable 
Wilhamsport, Indiana 

BEERY - A daughter, Kara Rachel, born January 11 to Stephen 
and Kim Beery of Williamsport, Indiana. 


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Brethren Backgrounds-Pietism (continued) 



Hochmann was certainly the most colorful and winsome of 
these Pietists. He also had the greatest influence on the 
Brethren. He was a friend of Arnold's and traveled as an 
itinerant preacher and evangelist. Many of the early Brethren 
had been "awakened" under his ministry. In 1706, Alexander 
Mack had gone with Hochmann on IBs preaching missions. 

Hochmann was a true separatist, withdrawing completely 
from any organized church. He was born in Northern Germany 
to a noble family, and studied law at several universities. But a 
life as a lawyer became repulsive to him after his conversion. 
He began a powerful preaching ministry, considering himself 
not an ordinary clergyman, but a priest with a special calling 
from God "after the order of Melchizedek." 

This plain-speaking but humble preacher won his way into 
the hearts of many of the common people as well as a number 
of noblemen. Count Heinrich Albrecht, the ruler who opened 
his land to Pietists and other religious refugees, was so 
impressed with Hochmann that he wrote to his brother in the 
court at Berlin: 

"I would like nothing more than that your royal electors of 
Brandenburg and other lords be blessed by God to listen to 
Herr Hochmann, speak with him, observe his power, and then 
judge. I am certain you would believe, do penitence, and 
change your life in order to help rather than hinder God's work. 
It is impossible not to surrender to God when one hears, sees, 
and takes to heart the power of these people. Herr Hochmann 
has led the brothers in the making of beautiful prayers, seeking 


the fulfillment of the heart so that the brothers may detect the 
power of God." 

This count invited Hochmann to settle at Schwarzenau, 
which he did, living a life of asceticism in a hut he called 
Friedensburg or Castle of Peace. Here he had close contact 
with the Pietists who became the first Brethren. It was a 
peaceful place, but his restless nature would not allow him to 
remain long in this secluded setting. 

Though accepted by those who had good hearts, 
Hochmann's preaching was opposed by rulers who were hostile 
to the Pietistic movement. He was arrested, imprisoned, and 
punished, many times just when his preaching seemed most 
effective. He claimed he was so used to receiving a "backfill of 
blows" for Jesus Christ that it didn't bother him too much. 

Christian Erb, another single man, traveled with Hochmann 
holding street meetings wherever they could gain an audience. 
They were expelled from Heidelburg, and at Mannheim they 
were arrested and brought before the city council. Dr. 
Durnbaugh in European Origins gives the record of their 
interrogation along with other Pietists. They were sentenced to 
labor on the fortifications locked to wheelbarrows. However, 
the people of Mannheim flocked to hear Hochmann preach 
instead of working. The poor guards were helpless to prevent it 
as the people supported the wheelbarrow preachers. 

In 1702 during Hochmann's stay in prison at Detmold, he 
was forbidden to pray aloud or to preach to the other prisoners, 
although he did when he could, regardless of the warnings. 
After four months in prison, Hochmann was promised release 
on the condition that he write a complete statement of his faith. 
This statement became a treasured document which the 
brethren reprinted several times after migrating to the American 
colonies. It is described as the closest thing to a creed that the 
Brethren had. Another promoter of Pietism was Count 
Zinzendorf. However, he went on to organize the Moravian 


colonies. The other Pietist leaders, though holding strong views 
on Christian doctrines, did not start new, separate groups. 

Though Pietism was not usually a divisive movement, it had 
lasting influence on the state churches. It challenged the clergy 
to greater study of the Word, and some responded and became 
devoted, useful pastors. It raised hopes in the hearts for 
something better than the petty competition and formalism in 
the state churches and leaders. Pietism pointed out the need for 
teaching the young people the principles of true Christianity. 
The fault of the movement was perhaps an over-reaction against 
all outward forms and an insistence that Christianity was only in 
the heart. --L.C. 
Fill in the names using the January and February Pilgrims. 

1 . was called the founder of Pietism. 

2. had the most influence on the Brethren. 

3. wrote Pi a Desideria giving five steps toward 


4. wrote a history of the early church. 

5. founded an orphanage at Halle. 

6. claimed a backful of blows didn't bother him too 

much anymore. 

7. wrote a statement of his faith in prison. 

8. was a single man who helped Hochman hold street 


9. was a Pietist leader of the Moravians. 

10. was one of the first in Germany to promote foreign 

missions. (Answers on page 16) 


I want my children to grow this year in academic knowledge 
and skills, but of greater importance to me is their personal 
development. Above all, I want them to increase in Christian 
character— faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, 
godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. 


I want rny children to leani the value of setting goals, but to 
realize that it's even more important to be willing to change 
plans for the good of classmates or family. I want them to be 
able to write well and work math problems, but even more, that 
they are respectful and obedient. I want them to be good 
readers, able to comprehend and analyze material, but even 
more, that they are courteous and kind. 

I want my children to be "skillful in all wisdom, and cunning 
in knowledge, and understanding science," as Daniel was, but 
even more, to have "an excellent spirit" as Daniel did— 
cooperative, faithful, and submissive, yet willing to stand alone 
against evil. 

Lord, give me wisdom to help each child increase first of all 
"in favour with God and man." 

—By Merna Shank in CLE Parent Lines 

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, 

I just want to say again how much we appreciate all you 
folks have done and are doing for us. We are just overwhelmed 
still every day for all your prayers for us (even over the years 
we weren't at meeting)~for hearing our heart so many times 
when our own words did a poor job of expressing things, and 
yet you really heard our heart (Maybe you don't realize how 
tremendously ovemhelming that is to us!) and cared so deeply, 
so kindly— for all the innumerable, practical ways you've loved 
us and helped us up-for all your encouragement-for faithfully 
sharing the Word of God and ministering to our spirits and 
souls-for including us and letting us be a part-for faithfulness 
within your own families— for endeavoring to keep the unity of 
the Spirit in the bond of peace. How can we say "Thank you" 

In Christian love, 

Karen Tate 




Center, Wisconsin, (formerly of Bradford. Ohio) died in a house 
fire early Tuesday morning, December 24, 2002. She was bom 
March 26, 1958, to David P. and M. Eleanor Garber. She 
married John Mitchell on April 23, 1976. They farmed for a 
number of years near Bradford, Ohio. They moved to the 
Richland Center area in 1996 and continued farming. She was 
looking forward to home schooling her grandchildren. She 
took an active part in her children's lives. She was a member of 
the Old Order German Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her husband John Mitchell; her four 
children: Benjamin L. Mitchell and wife Becky, Jennifer L. 
Mitchell, Craig W. Mitchell, Stephanie S. Headings and 
husband Chris, all of Richland Center; three grandchildren: 
Bethany Mitchell, and Rose and Jeffrey Headings, all of 
Richland Center. She is also survived by her parents, David P. 
and M. Eleanor Garber of Richland Center; two sisters: Sue E. 
Lavy and husband John, Diane F. McAtee and husband Ian; 
and one brother, Duane M. Garber and wife Regina; three 
nieces and seven nephews, all of Bradford, Ohio. 

A visitation was held Friday, December 27, at the home of 
John Lavy Jr., Bradford Ohio. 

On Saturday morning, December 28, there was a short 
service at the John Lavy Jr. home, followed by funeral services 
at the Oak Grove Old German Baptist meetinghouse north of 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

A visitation was held in Wisconsin at the home of Ben 
Mitchell, Monday morning, December 30. This was followed 
by a short service before going to the burial at the nearby Felt on 
Cemetery near Bosstown, Wisconsin. 

The Family 


A Prayer for Our School 
Lord, bless this happy school of ours 
In times of work and play; 
Help us to serve and honor Thee 
Throughout each busy day. 

These lips of ours, guard Thou with care, 
That every word we speak 
May pure and kind and humble be 
And others 1 welfare seek. 

Help us to learn our lessons well 
With diligence and prayer; 
To seize our opportunity; 
For usefulness prepare. 

May each one of our circle here 
Thy love and grace behold, 
And in Thy perfect time, dear Lord, 
Enter salvation's fold. 

When days of earthly school and life 
Are done—forever past- 
May our circle reunited stand 
Around Thy throne at last! 

Susanna Tate, Mishawaka, Indiana 

Father in my life's young morning, May Thy word direct my 


Let me heed each gracious warning, Lest my feet should go 


Thomas MacKellar, 1812-1899 



Charity . . . Rejoiceth Not in Iniquity 

"What is a dirty joke?" Charity suddenly asked at the 
supper table one evening. 

"Why do you ask, Charity?" Daddy wanted to know. 

"Because today at school the big boys started laughing at 
recess. They laughed and laughed. One of the big girls told 
them, 'That was a dirty joke, and it isn't funny.' So, what is a 
dirty joke?" 

"A dirty joke is. . ." Daddy began, ". . . is a joke about 
things that are not right for us to joke about. Dirty jokes make 
our minds dirty, just like pouring a bucket of dirt on the fresh, 
clean snow makes it dirty. The Lord wants us to keep our 
minds pure and clean like sparkling white snow." 

"It certainly wasn't right for the boy to tell a dirty joke, and 
the boys who laughed were just as wrong," Mother said. "I 
believe you could say they really were not loving each other." 

"How do you know they weren't loving each other?" was 
Charity's next question. "They were having fun together." 

"Remember, one of the things I Corinthians 13 tells us 
about charity is that it rejoiceth not in iniquity," Mother said. 
"The boy who told the joke was rejoicing in telling the joke to 
get a reaction from the other boys. But he didn't stop to think 
that he'd be pouring dirt into their minds, and that they'd have a 
hard time removing that dirt. 

"The boys who laughed were rejoicing in the iniquity, or 
wrongdoing, of the boy who told it. By laughing at it, they 
encouraged him to keep telling them dirty jokes. They wanted 
him to keep filling his own mind with dirt, and then to pour it 
into their minds. This is not love! When we love someone, we 
want to help them keep pure minds." 



Actually, the boys were making fim of sacred things that 
God designed," Daddy said. "Making fim of things like that 
takes away the specialness that God intended should be there. 
We need to be very careful what we laugh about." 

"I'm glad I didn't hear that joke," Charity said. "I want my 
mind to be clean and white." 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

Answers to questions on Pietist leaders from page 11: 
1. Spener 2. Hochmann 3. Spener 4. Arnold 5. Franke 
6. Hochman 7. Hochmann 8. Christian Erb 9. Zinzendorf 
10. Franke 


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VOL. 50 MARCH, 2003 No. 3 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


If we could see beyond today as God can see, 

If all the clouds should roll away, the shadows flee, 

O'er present griefs we would not fret, 

Each sorrow we would soon forget, 

For many joys are waiting yet, 

For you and me. 

If we could know beyond today as God doth know, 
Why dearest treasures pass away and tears must flow, 
And why the darkness leads to light, 
Why dreary days will soon grow bright; 
Someday life's wrongs will be made right, 
Faith tells us. so. 

If we could see, if we could know, we often say, 
But God in love a veil doth throw across our way; 
We cannot see what hes before, 
And so we cling to Him the more; 
He leads us till this life is o'er, 
Trust and obey. 


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Arriving home after a warm visit to four cold states, we 
realize the truth of our title. Our home is our place where we 
belong and fit in—where we serve. One brother remarked that 
he just wanted to find his place and be in it. He said this as we 
were finding places at the communion table, but Ms words were 
applicable in many of our life situations. 

Some people love to travel. They take a home on wheels 
and park at the ocean, the desert, or high Sierras. Others move 
to new locations. Even though it may move around, we still 
have a home— a place where we belong. Brother Paul Clark 
used to tell of a family of children waiting together at a train 
station. A concerned observer asked the oldest if they had no 
home. He replied, "Yes, we have a happy home. Father and 
Mother are looking for a house to put it in." 

We can say with assurance that spirituahy we have a home— 
a place where we belong and serve. We like to think of our 
home above-we sing about it and long for it. But we also have 
a home here on earth, one different from a house. We are like 
those who move their home from place to place, but surely with 
more pattern and purpose. We are traveling on toward our final 

In God's Word we learn that there are only two classes of 
people-those who are God's children and those who are not. 
In John 10, God's children are called His sheep. Those who are 
not of His family are given names like goats, unbelievers, 
hireling, strangers. To those outside of Christ, there is a 
message: repent, believe, be born again, baptized, washed in 
Jesus' blood. To His children, the message is to grow-grow in 
grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; 


grow like Jesus did, in wisdom and stature, and in favor with 
God and man. We must be born before we can grow. 

This place of growth is our home away from home. Much 
of the New Testament is written to direct this progress to make 
us more like our Saviour. Our longing should be the words of a 
hymn: "O to Be Like Thee!" William Penn stated it simply: 
"To be like Christ is to be a Christian." 

Peter writes that Jesus suffered for us, leaving us an 
example, that we should follow His steps. Many of God's 
children have suffered physically because they were Christians. 
But there is a suffering for every child of God. We suffer when 
we give up our own will and live for God and for others. This 
does not mean that the Christian life is miserable. On the 
contrary, it is the best there is— a life that is hid with Christ in 
God—our dwelling place here. But when we stand for Jesus 
against our carnal nature, we suffer. We are crucified with 
Christ, but we are born into His family with a home better that 
any of the mansions on earth. 

To return home from a journey— however enjoyable— gives a 
sense of relief. As the wheels of the plane touch down on the 
runway and we taxi to a stop at the gate, we realize we are safe 
at home in warm California. This feeling, only more so, can be 
ours as we grow older and realize that "now is our salvation 
nearer than when we believed. " 

Christians are called strangers and pilgrims. As far as the 
world is concerned, we have no place here. But let us find our 
place, our rest in Jesus. In Christ we have a home we need 
never leave. Truly there is no place like home. — L.C. 


Is it ever wrong to pray for peace? Isaiah 48:22 says, 
"There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked." God 
invites all to come to Him, and it is not His will that any should 
perish, but in this period called time, we see things happen that 


are not God's will. Our country is again close to war. Part of 
our duty is to pray for the world's rulers; our President needs 
our prayers now. Many demonstrate for or against the war. 
Christians belonging to another kingdom have no part in making 
the nation's decision except to pray. This we must do earnestly. 
Psalm 122:6 says, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. . ." And 
we shudder when we think of the cost of war—of lives by the 
thousands and dollars in trillions. We believe God is pleased 
when He sees His people on their knees. Someone has said, 
"This is not a time for us to hate; it is a time for us to love." 
Let us pray for peace. — L.C. 

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble 
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their 
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive 
their sin, and will heal their land." —II Chronicles 7: 14 


". . .The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." (James 
5:11) ". . .His mercy is on them that fear him. . ." (Luke 1:50) 
Oh the wonderful mercy He bestowed upon us, by regeneration 
and renewing of the Holy Ghost, that He shed on us 
abundantly! Just think of so great salvation! If we have 
received that gift, would we not want others to receive it also? 

Jesus told a story about one who owed ten thousand talents. 
But as he could not pay, his Lord commanded him to be sold, 
and Ms wife and his children and all that he had, and payment to 
be made. Then the servant fell down saying, "Have patience 
with me, and I will pay thee all." Then the Lord of that servant 
was moved with compassion (mercy), and loosed him and 
forgave him all that debt. 

Dear reader, this is what our Lord has done for us. But 
then that servant went out and found one of his fellowservants 
which owed him an hundred pence, and he laid hands on him 


and took him by the throat saying, "Pay rae that thou owest" 
But after he pled for mercy, he cast him into prison till he 
should pay the debt. Then the lord of that servant said, "O thou 
wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt. Should not thou 
also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had 
pity on thee?" And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the 
tormentors till he should pay all that was due him. So likewise 
shall my Heavenly Father do also, if ye from your hearts forgive 
not every one his brother their trespasses. Be ye therefore 
merci&l even as your Father in heaven is merciful. 

If we hold a grudge and do not forgive, neither will our 
Heavenly Father forgive us. If we by the power of the Spirit 
marvel at that great love and mercy of our Jesus, how could we 
go through life holding grudges, not forgiving and not loving 
even our enemies. Divine love and mercy will make a great 
sacrifice to help others. Jesus died for us while we were yet 
sinners. He is our example. "To give knowledge of salvation 
unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the 
tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high 
hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in 
the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." 
(Luke 1:77-79) 

Kenneth Garber 
Athens, Wisconsin 


"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, 
and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable 
unto his death." (Philippians 3:10) 

As a new Christian, the words, "That I may know Him and 
the power of His resurrection," thrilled me. I eagerly prayed for 
and looked forward to experiencing the power of His 


resurrection. But somehow it did not occur to me that the rest 
of the context was suffering and death. 

Over the next few years, as I struggled to overcome 
selfishness and many other faults in my character, and as painful 
tensions mounted at home, I often felt swamped with struggles, 
temptations, failings, trials, and loneliness. I wondered 
longingly where the power of His resurrection was. I felt 
disappointed and let down, and battled discouragement. Still I 
dreamed of a day when temptations and trials would not affect 
me or cause me pain and frustration. 

Then one day as I read through the now familiar and dear 
passage again, it jumped out at me: the power of His 
resurrection must be in direct connection to the fellowship of 
His sufferings and death! Just as Jesus suffered much and died 
a terrible death prior to His resurrection, so I must be willing to 
suffer (struggle) with Him, if I would experience His 
resurrection power. 

This has been a comforting thought to me, for I know now 
that all through the pain and tears, He was answering my 
prayer, though I did not see it then. 

Life has gone on. Some struggles and hurts and tensions 
have eased. Yet life as a Christian is not all smooth coasting. I 
suppose as long as I'm on earth, it will be an uphill climb. But I 
rejoice to know that when I am willing to share in the 
fellowship of His sufferings, (though my "sufferings" are really 
so small in comparison to His) He will also share with me His 
resurrection power: grace and courage and joy and peace to 
face each day's demands. He is faithful! 

Sorrow, disappointment, heartache, and pain reveal to us 
our constant need for His resurrection power as no sunny, easy 
day can. The tears and hurts and struggles are His hands of 
love and mercy reaching out to deliver us from pride and self- 
reliance; to draw us into closer, sweeter communion and 
reliance on Him. 


"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, 
but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable 
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble 
knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is 
lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed." (Heb. 

"Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, 
but I cannot perceive him: Qn the left hand, where he doth 
work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right 
hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I 
take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." (Job 

Come ill; come well; 

The cross, the crown, 

The rainbow or the thunder: 

I fling my soul and body down 

For God to plow them under. --A.C. 
Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 


This song comes from the Paradiesisches Wunderspiel, a 
hymnbook published by the Ephrata Cloisters in 1767. It can be 
sung to the common Moravian Brethren tune from Herrnhut— 
Herz zu Herz vereint zusammen (Heart to heart in love united). 
This song describes the pathos of one who is troubled by the 
many failings of those who have called themselves the Lord's 
people, their divisions, and sad state of affairs. But it calls us to 
press forward with hope and courage and to constantly seek the 
way of Jesus. This is the way of brotherly love and unity with 
God's people. Notice the reference to the people of God as a 


beloved flock. In these days we are still called to be & flock of 
Jesus. This pictures a Body of Christ that is united and sharing 
one fold and one Shepherd. It pictures life in spiritual and 
material unity that results in a reality that startles the world 
(such as in "Zion's glorious past.") —Michael Harris 

Oh! how honour, praise, and glory have from Zion fled away! 
Waves of trouble now sweep o'er her like the raging of the sea! 
Trouble covers and surrounds her- Glory, peace A where have you stayed? 
Shall the saints remain in misery, in this dark and evil day? 

Zion's glorious past as witness to the world, is it in vain? 
Oh! how dreadful now abandoned—tragic sight, what grief to see! 
Sorrow and disgrace her pathway, for the saints the depth of pain! 
But o'erwhelmed, hope still lives in us! Christ, the Wounded One, sets 


Oh! what joy and pleasure cheer us, when our pain's deep ocean's filled! 
When our wits at last do fail us, when in fierce distress and fear, 
We have none to choose but Jesus-Comforter and Guide and Shield, 
And He comes to cast behind us all our suffering and tears! 

So take heart, you saints in trial, suffering Zion still in pain. 
Though abandoned now and lonely, little flocks to Christ belong. 
Though tormented now and wounded, soon with Him you'll live and reign! 
Look, eternal joy awaits you! Look, your tears will fade in song! 

Translated by Peter Hoover and Michael Harris 

Mountain Lake, Minnesota 


Four things a man must learn to do 
If he would make his record true; 
To think without confusion clearly; 
To love his fellowmen sincerely; 
To act from honest motives purely; 
To trust in God and heaven securely 
—Henry van Dyke 



As you do your work each day, 
Painful memories cross your heart, 
And you often think back sadly 
To the day you had to part 

From your dear departed loved one; 
Even now it brings the tears; 
Will it always press so strongly 
On into the coming years? 

Oh, they say time heals the sorrow, 
And we're glad it is that way, 
For God knows we could not carry 
Such a burden every day. 

So He sends a day of sunshine 
After many days of rain, 
And we find the passing moments 
That we can endure the pain. 

Though at times we think we cannot, 
And we think our hearts will break, 
Then we hear a tender whisper, 
"Fear not y child, I won't forsake." 

So we wipe the falling teardrops, 
Meditate on memories sweet; 
We no longer think of parting, 
But instead when we shall meet! 
Author unknown 
Selected by Mervin and Gloria Hilty 



Alexander Mack, Sr. (1679-1735) 

"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not 
down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to 
finish it. . . So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsaketh not 
all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:28,33) 

Alexander Mack was not proud. He was reluctant to form a 
new fellowship, for most of his closest brethren frowned on it. 
In his time a radical reaction was in progress, and those 
involved seemed unaware just how much a reaction it really 
was. The Pietists had rejected forms and outward ordinances of 
the state church in which they saw errors and neglect. Mack, 
also a Pietist, soon understood the need for more than inward 
worship, sincere as it was. He and a few others determined to 
have a New Testament Church fellowship. And though it was 
not his wish, he was the central figure, the main human founder 
of Brethren churches that survive to the present, the heritage of 
3,400 congregations with 600,000 members. We believe Jesus 
Christ is the true Founder, and that sincere Brethren believers 
became a part of that universal Church of Jesus Christ— the 
church of the redeemed sons and daughters of God. 

The Mack family had lived and worked in Schriesheim, 
Germany, since 1560 when Alexander's great-great-grandfather 
Ebert Mack purchased a flour mill and settled in this 
agricultural town. The Macks became influential citizens, 
serving at various times on the town council and operating the 
mill profitably which was a vital service in their community. 

Important as they may have been, they were not exempt 
from suffering when war came to the Palatinate. And it came 
frequently. Annies fought back and forth, causing hardship and 
stress to all the citizens. Several times the Mack family had to 
flee to the nearby mountains where they camped in the thick 


forest until the armies were gone. When they returned to their 
homes, they found them plundered, and the flour and gram 
stolen from the mill Other times they were required to quarter 
soldiers in their homes and supply food for the armies. Citizens 
sometimes had to pay heavy tribute money to keep their town 
from being burned. 

This violent past no doubt helped convince young 
Alexander of the futility of war and the error of Christian's 
taking any part in it. To him it violated the words and the very 
heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Alexander's father was an authoritarian head of his house, 
hard working and strict. Women of that time were to be in 
complete subjection to their husbands, and likely Alexander's 
mother was no exception. She bore eleven children, but only 
five grew to adulthood. There were four sons: John Philip, 
John Jacob, George Conrad, and Alexander, the youngest, their 
only daughter, Anna Margaret, married John Caspar Bayer. 
The two oldest sons were expected to follow after their father 
as millers in the town of Schriesheim. George was rebellious, a 
disappointment to his father who referred to him as the "cursed 
child." The parents had plans to send Alexander to Heidelberg 
Neckar College, which was administered by one of his uncles. 
But when John Philip died at twenty-four, Alexander's plans 
were changed; he was assigned to work at the mill in his 
brother's place. 

John Philip Mack, Alexander's father, became Burgomeister 
of Schriesheim for the years 1690 and 1696. Alexander's 
grandfather had been mayor for thirty years. They were active 
in the local Reformed Church, his father serving as elder. They 
all assumed that Alexander would follow in their steps. But 
God had other plans for this earnest young man. On January 
18, 1701, he married Anna Margaret Kling, the daughter of 
another of Schriesheim's prominent citizens. John Valentine 
Kling was a town councilor, but he responded to Pietist 


teachings. He was to lose his office later when he refused to 
sign a complaint against his son-in-law, Alexander. 

Alexander's son, John Valentine, was bom on November 13, 
1701, and the next year, Alexander's mother died. This was a 
hard blow to father Mack, and he soon made his will leaving the 
mill to his sons. A second son, John, was born to Alexander 
and Anna Margaret Mack on April 19, 1703. 

As Alexander matured in understanding, he became 
disappointed with the teaching and practice of his church. 
Studying the Bible, he longed for a more satisfying faith. He 
found things to criticize in the Reformed Church and in Pastor 
Agricola, Schriesheim's local leader. The Anabaptist faith 
appealed to him. By this time the Anabaptists were tolerated if 
they did not evangelize or attract too much attention. But 
Mack did not join them. He began to study Pietism, and it was 
then that both he and his wife were "awakened." as their son 
later said, "from the death and sleep of sin." 

Mack continued to study the Bible and to seek God's 
direction for his life. He was impressed with Gottfried Arnold's 
True Portrait of a Christian and Impartial History of the 
Church and Heretics. The preaching of Hochmann also 
confirmed him in the sincere doctrines of Pietism. 

The new views of young Mack meant conflict with his 
father and brother. Even the rebellion of his brother George 
was more acceptable to his father who looked upon Pietism as 
direct disobedience to God and the church. In spite of his 
father's objections, Alexander persisted in his new-found faith. 

The year 1706 marked a new era in the life of this little 
family. On March 5, Alexander sold his half of the mill to his 
older brother, reserving a large room and kitchen for his use 
whenever he would need them. Then in June his father passed 
away at seventy years of age, disappointed that Alexander 
would not continue as a miller, had taken up with Pietism, and 
had left the established church, (to be continued) — L.C. 



Happiness is the inevitable result of a certain kind of life. If 
you don f t believe it, someday take time to see how frustrated 
people spend their time. You will likely find their lives filled 
with desire for beaches, banquets, and belongings. Then search 
out the radiant few and you will find them sitting by sick beds 
ministering to them of God's goodness. They will be carrying 
food to the hungry. You will find them around a family altar 
beseeching God on behalf of others. You will find them behind 
pulpits and teachers' lecterns giving themselves so others might 
have. In fact, you will find them in nearly every kind of 
occupation and place on the globe. But there will always be 
one thing true: they will not be searching for happiness; they 
will be sharing happiness. They will not be asking to be served, 
but they will be asking to serve. From first to last, the men and 
women who were and will be regnant forces of the world, are 
those who rejoice in the title of servant. 

John Drescher in Spirit Fruit 


April 5 & 6 Bradford, Ohio 
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June 6, 7, & 8 Tuolumne, California (Mountain View) 
Annual Meeting 
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ROYER - A daughter, Sadie Josephine, born February 7 to Sam 
and Rosanna Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 
HUFFMAN - A son, Alec Demitri, born February 12 to Philip 
and Rhoda Huffman of New Lebanon, Ohio. 




It is only a tiny rosebud, 
A flower of God's design; 
But I cannot unfold the petals 
With these clumsy hands of mine. 

The secret of unfolding flowers 
Is not known to such as I. 
God opens this flower so easily, 
But in my hands they die. 

If I cannot unfold a rosebud, 
This flower of God's design. 
Then how can I have the wisdom 
To unfold this life of mine? 

So I'll trust in God for leading 
Each moment of my day. 
I will look to God for guidance 
In each step of the way. 

The path that lies before me, 

Only my Lord knows. 

I'll trust God to unfold the moment, 

Just as He unfolds the rose. 

Author Unknown 

From Beside the Still Waters 


Joan Flora 69826 W. County Line Rd. 



"And they brought young children to him, that he should 
touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto 
them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid 
them not for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto 
you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little 
child, he shall not enter therein." (Mark 10:13-15) 

Unless we become as little children, we cannot enter 
heaven. You know, when we were little, our parents dedicated 
us to Jesus. And Jesus has touched our lives. That means we 
are now responsible to Jesus for what we do. 

Not all parents have done this. Not all children have been 
touched by Jesus because they don't have Christian parents. 
Our parents love us and have given us to Jesus, and that is why 
they send us to a Christian school. It would be cruel to give us 
to Jesus and then leave us alone in the world. So when we see 
children who have not been touched by Jesus, let's just be a 
shining light to them and show them that our house is built on 
the Lord. "The Wise Man Built His House upon the Rock. " 
Summary of school devotions by Kenneth Martin 
Submitted by Janice Royer 


Charity. . . Thinketh No Evil 

"Teacher talked to us this morning about how wrong it is to 
tell dirty jokes," Charity told Daddy and Mother at the supper 
table the next night. "I told her what you said about it being 
like spreading dirt on fresh, clean snow. She liked that idea." 

"And, then," Charity kept talking, "David 'pol-gized for 
telling the joke. He said he was really sorry, and he asked the 

other boys to forgive him They said, 'Yes, we will!' and they 
meant it, too." 

"How does that make you feel, Charity?" Mother asked. 

"It makes me happy," Charity said. "It seemed like 
everyone was really happy today, even Teacher. We had such a 
fan day." 

"Remember the Charity-verse that says, 'Rejoiceth not in 
iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth'?" Daddy said. "I'm rejoicing, 
too, that David saw his mistake and accepted the truth that 
Teacher talked about-the truth about how bad it is to tell dirty 
jokes. And, I'm glad the other boys forgave him. But, all of 
those boys have that dirt spread on the clean, white snow of 
their hearts, and it may stay there a long time. They will have 
to be very careful to not think about it. They need to keep 
filling then hearts with the pure, white snow of good thoughts." 

"All of us need to do that," Mother said. "Memorizing 
Scripture is one way to fill our minds with good things. Singing 
hymns is another thing we can do." 

"I'm glad I'm filling my mind with the Charity- chapter," 
Charity said. "I have to keep working on it so I can say the 
whole chapter perfectly." 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 


VOL. 50 APRIL. 2003 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
■ Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Throned upon the awful tree, 
King of grief, I watch with Thee. 
, Darkness veils Thine anguished face: 
None its suff ring lines can trace, 
None can tell what pangs unknown 
Hold Thee silent and alone; v 

Silent through those three dread hours, 
Wrestling with the evil powers, 
Left alone with human sin, 
Grief around Thee and within, 
Till the appointed time is nigh, 
Till the Lamb of God may die. 

Hark the cry that peals aloud 
Upward through the whelming cloud! 
Thou, the Father's only Son, 
Thou, His own Anointed One, 
Thou dost ask Him--can it be?-- 
"Why hast Thou forsaken me?" 

Lord, should fear and anguish roll 
Darkly, fiercely o'er my soul, 
Thou, who once wast thus bereft 
That Thine own might ne'er be left, 
Teach me by that bitter cry 
In distress to know Thee nigh. Amen 

JohnEllerton, 1875 (1826-1893) 
Altered by John Overholt in The Christian Hymnary 

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Death sometimes takes over a scene of beauty. That spring 
morning we were driving peacefully to the Valley for the funeral 
of a dear elderly sister. Around us the trees and grass were 
turning green; wild flowers bloomed near the highway. Even 
though war raged on the other side of the world, ours was a 
scene of serenity. But up ahead brake lights flashed and traffic 
suddenly slowed to a stop. As we inched our way in the lineup, 
a helicopter appeared in the distant sky. Men prepared for its 
landing beside an accident scene with police cars and fire 
trucks. Two small (it was hard to tell for sure) red cars had 
collided and were resting, one on its roof beside the road— both 
demolished nearly beyond recognition. Medi-flight took one 
driver. The other left in an ambulance which had turned off its 
lights. Death came on the bright spring morning. We had to 
wonder what were the thoughts of the drivers that last mile, and 
were they ready for that final moment? 

Death is claiming hundreds in Iraq. Death had come to the 
dear grandmother whose memorial we attended. Death is an 
enemy—the last enemy to be destroyed by God. One minister 
declared his hatred of death, but quickly assured us that 
Christians need not fekr it. 

Why do we not need to fear an enemy that is claiming so 
many lives today? Paul writes that death reigned from Adam to 
Moses. He also says that our Savior Jesus Christ "hath 
abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light 
through the gospel." (II Tim. 1:10) We have committed our 
souls to Christ, and He is able to keep them against that day. (II 
Tim. 1:12) So, for God's people, it's different now since Jesus 
rose that spring morning in Judea, 


The fear remains for unbelievers. Jesus said, "And fear not 
them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but 
rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in 
hell.' 1 (Matt. 10:28) 

The promises of Jesus reach beyond the grave. He assured 
us, ". . .Because I live, ye shall live also." He has life to give us 
now and when we are helpless in death. See His power 
expressed in these words: "Therefore doth my Father love me, 
because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man 
taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to 
lay it down, and I have power to Itake it again. This 
commandment have I received of my Father." (John 10:17,18) 

One elderly lady asked me, "How can God take care of 
everyone? He must need help!" What a limited view we have 
outside of God's Word! He has revealed that there is nothing 
too hard for Him. Can we, even in our poor understanding, 
imagine God with any less than total power, perfect skill, and 
unlimited ability? We are hindered by our unbelief. Jesus told 
the man whose son was possessed, "If thou canst believe, all 
things are possible to him that believeth." The man's tearful 
response should also be ours: "Lord, I believe; help thou mine 

Jesus took upon Him flesh and blood "that through death he 
might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their 
lifetime subject to bondage." Let us not cower in fear before 
that enemy. When we see it on the road, when death takes our 
loved ones from us, when the horrors of war assault our 
understanding, and, above all, when we look ahead to our own 
death, may we keep our eyes on our Savior. Jesus said, "And 
this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth 
the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I 
will raise him up at the last day," Jesus' promise is to give life; 
our part is to believe. « L.C, 



"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look 
up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. " 
(Luke 21:28) 

If Jesus were here today, I feel He would say to us these 
same words as He spoke to His disciples nearly two thousand 
years ago. The disciples had just asked Jesus when the 
momentous events that the Lord had just described were going 
to take place. Jesus gave no specific dates, but in keeping with 
the eternal value of God's Word, the answer He gave is as valid 
now as it was then. 

The Jews, including the disciples, were endued with a 
nationalistic fervor as to when the Messiah vwould again restore 
the nation of Israel to world prominence. When the Lord 
described the destruction of the temple and of Jerusalem, the 
disciples were astounded and troubled. It seems, with the 
possible exception of John, the disciples did not fully 
understand Jesus' true mission into the world. Even today, as 
we see nation arising against nation, I wonder how many 
Christians are aware of God's Word and purpose. The question 
is often asked, "Why does God allow such sin, suffering, and 
conflict in the world?" To eliminate trouble in the world, God 
would have to destroy all who sin and, or, live selfishly. God 
created man with a free will. God's love withholds His 
judgment until man is given an opportunity to exercise his free 
will by accepting His plan of redemption. It is high time to 
observe the signs of the time and look up to God's promises and 
not to become overly troubled by looking down to man's carnal 

The concept to look up can also relate to personal 
experience in the day to day challenges of life. Many times we 
become discouraged when things seem to go wrong. Poor 


health and financial concerns as well as social relationship 
problems are all too common. Do we exercise our privilege to 
look up and receive help and advice in such times of need? A 
degree of humility is required to look up, for in so doing, we 
acknowledge a resource other than ourselves. We know our 
life and sustenance come from the Lord. The born again 
Christian can behold the image of Jesus in their fellow 
Christian's countenance. Also, the Church or the assembly of 
believers represents the Body of Christ on earth. One of the 
greatest privileges we have is that of looking up to our brother 
or sister and the Church for help, advice, and encouragement. 

I encourage all to guard against looking down on the 
problems and concerns here but rather exercise our faith and 
privilege in these times of world unrest by looking up, for our 
redemption truly draweth nigh. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 


" . .So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed 
into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day \ and 
the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For 
the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself ; first the blade, then 
the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is 
brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the 
harvest is come. " (Mark 4:26-29) 

This time of year many, many people are looking forward to 
planting seed. It may be on a huge field or in a small garden. 
But when we do this, we become farmers. We all know what it 
is to be a farmer or husbandman, but do we remember that 


this is one of the things that God calls Himself? John 15:1 says, 
". . .1 am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman." 
God has called us all to help Him in this work of planting and 
harvesting, and as Jesus said in Matthew 9:37, ". . .The harvest 
truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore 
the Lord of the harvest, that he might send forth labourers into 
his harvest." This harvest is not a physical harvest that can be 
put in a grain cart or weighed on a truck scale, but is the 
immeasurable harvest of the fruit of the Spirit of which mortal 
man cannot access with scales, yield monitor, or mental 

In I Cor. 3:9 it says: "For we are labourers together with 
God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." Again in 
John 4:37-38, "And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and 
another reapeth. I sent you to reap. . ." If we work together 
with God, He has some rules in place that govern what kind of 
harvest we will have. 

1. We will reap what we have sown. (Gal. 6:7-8) 

2. If we sow sparingly we will also reap sparingly, but if we 
sow bountifully we will also reap bountifully. (II Cor. 9:6) This 
is even a fact of science. Farmers are always being encouraged 
not to skimp, because less live plants per acre limits your yield. 
If you read what is being said here, this verse is also applied to 
our generosity with each other. 

3. The promise of a harvest. "And let us not be weary in 
well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." 
(Gal. 6:9) 

This poem is the story of my doubts, fears, and the rewards 
we experienced with our first year of farming. There are so 
many striking lessons from farming, and I think you will see in 
this poem a picture of God's husbandry in our lives, and of our 
struggle to plant the seed of truth in the world around us. Jesus 
talked many times about seed, the subject of the following 


Into the ground I plant precious seed; 
I'll work till late night with labor and speed; 
To follow the marker I'll ever be true, 
For I want my rows straight when the planting is through! 

At first all was vision and numbers on page. 
I studied and studied my lack to assuage. 
I chose the good seed, and I paid the high price; 
I knew that my ground could not be planted twice. 

I plowed the black soil, disced down the sods, 
Smoothed out the furrows, and packed down the clods; 
I spread out the fertilizer, and worked it in well, 
For I knew that in fall, my crop I should sell. 

Now pulling the planter, there's so much to do, 
This awesome task, it'll always seem new, 
This marvel of nature does once again thrill. 

I'm so unworthy, will it show my poor skill? 

Now look at the tiny rows, crooked and small. 

1 doubt if there will be any harvest at all! 
Though tempted to worry, there's nothing to do 
But to quietly watch till the season is through. 

Even faster than corn, up come the weeds. 
I look and I think they resemble wrong deeds 
That over my life cast their evil green smear, 
And cause me to shed the penitent tear. 

Now it is time to cultivate the field. 
I hope that the weeds haven't damaged the yield. 
As I drive down the row, how slow I must go, 
For a faster speed surely the soil will throw. 

How many times I stopped, I do not know, 

To set up the sweeps~Oh, how deep should they go? 


For guidance I pray, as I mount up the seat, 
And hope that sin's weeds, the profit won't eat. 

Where crooked went the planter, now must I go; 
It's easy to get sidetracked and the corn overthrow, 
Oh, help me, my God, my past errors to bear, 
And let me not, Oh Lord, Thy field to tear. 

Soon the corn is tall, and so are the weeds; 
Another cultivation may be all that it needs. 
Now it's too late, the right time is past, 
But praise ye the Lord, the corn's growing fast. 

Now it is time that the tassels come out. 
I pray that the showers will moisten the drought. 
To my dismay, the parched ground does dry, 
But then how refreshing is rain from the sky. 

Praise God that the season is now almost done; 
I walk through corn that shades the lowering sun, 
I thank God for thousands of large, milky ears, 
And pray for warm weather as winter now nears. 

With silent thanksgiving, I watch the combine 
Roar fast through the field, now harvesting mine. 
It harvests the ears and pulls up by the truck, 
As I am now with the whole lesson struck. 

If now my God can my poor field bless, 

Do you think, my dear friend, that for us He'll do less? 

He can make us His husbandman, sow His good seed; 

Just remember to be patient, and His promises heed. 

Praise the Lord for grace to plant and harvest! 
Calvin R. Johnson 
Arranged by William R. Johnson 
West Lebanon, Indiana 

It's not a tragedy to have only one talent. The tragedy is not 
using it. Selected 



"I have no objection to instruments being in our chapels, 
provided they are neither heard nor seen!" 

John Wesley, 1703-1791 

"Instrumental music is not fitter to be adopted into the 
public worship of the Christian Church than the incense, the 
candlestick, and the shadows of the Mosaic Law." 

John Calvin, 1545 

"We would like to see all the pipes of the organs in our 
places of worship either ripped open or compactly filled with 
concrete. The human voice is so transcendently superior to all 
that wind or strings can accomplish that it is a shame to degrade 
its harmonies by association with blowing and scraping. 

"That the great Lord cares to be praised by bellows we very 
gravely question; we cannot see any connection between the 
glory of God and the sounds produced by machinery. One 
broken note from a grateful heart must have more real 
acceptable praise in it than all the wind which sweeps through 
whistling pipes." 

C. H. Spurgeon 
Selected by Charlotte Frick 

The cry of the ages rings now from the Cross: 
It's finished! Completed! It's done! 
And all of the demons in hell can't undo 
The redeeming work of God's Son! 

The earth stands atremble as huge rocks are rent; 
Deep darkness envelops the land; 
Sealed graves open wide, and their tenants step forth, 
Compliant to holy command. 


It's finished! It's finished! Behold now the rend 
Which severs the great temple veil! 
Centurion, quaver! You know this is God 
These skewers so cruelly impale! 

Now down from the Cross to a new garden tomb, 
And death seems the victor at last; 
Creation's Creator lies lifeless and mute, 
But wait! The dark midnight has passed! 

The graveclothes lie empty, each piece in its place; 
The massive stone now rolled aside. 
Angelic attendants reveal He's alive, 
Each claim that He made satisfied. 

It's finished! He's risen! He's no longer here! 
Why seek Him where corpses lie still? 
The sepulcher's empty! Come see where He lay, 
The One whom the crowds said to kill. 

My Lord and my God! Beside Thomas I bow. 
It's finished! Completed! It's done! 
The tomb couldn't hold You, and hell can't undo 
The redeeming work of God's Son. 

Because You chose death, I shall not feel its sting! 
Because of Your stripes, I am healed! 
You walked through the portals of hell in my stead; 
Eternally, Lord, I am sealed. 

Sweet music resounds from the valley of death. 
Each dawning's a new Easter Day. 
Forever a debtor, I bow at Your feet, 
The stone from my heart rolled away. 
-Mary Mason 
Sel. from The Quiet Hour Echoes 

Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain 
it and it will defend itself. . -C. H. Spurgeon 



Alexander Mack, Sr. (Continued from last issue) 

In August, 1706, Mack invited Hochmann, Christian Erb, 
and other Pietists to Schriesheim to hold meetings in the room 
he had reserved at the mill. The increased activity of the 
Pietists alarmed the town authorities, and they reacted with 
force. At a meeting at the mill on August 22, a Heidelburg 
official attended and threatened them all with arrest. The local 
officer Schumm reported at least fifty Pietists meeting in 
Schriesheim, and that the whole town would be affected if they 
did not act to stop them. 

That night many of them decided to leave, including 
Alexander and Anna Margaret Mack and their two small sons. 
Where to go they did not know. They fled first to Heidelburg, a 
larger city, hoping to meet unnoticed with other Pietists of the 
area. But the situation was no better than at Schriesheim. 


The town clock had already struck midnight when 
Alexander Mack returned home from the meeting at the mill 
Hockmann had spoken earnestly and even addressed the 
hostile strangers sitting in the back seats. Mack was still 
inspired with the obvious devotion of the speaker to the Lord 
Jesus. The August night was warm and pleasant, but a chill of 
apprehension swept over the young father. Anna Margaret was 
waiting up for him. 

"How did it end, dear?" Questioned Anna. 

"Not good. We must leave Schriesheim tonight " 

"Oh no, Alexander! Why must we leave? When I left, it 
sounded like Officer Shumm was satisfied that our meetings 
were not really illegal, but only disturbing to others. " 


"He may have let us off," sighed Alexander, "if it had not 
been for the county clerk He decided to call the soldiers and 
have us all arrested. We all left before they had time to return. 
We cannot deny our new convictions. We can T tjust stay home 
and not meet together! We have no choice but to flee. " 

"But where will we go? " 

"The Lord will direct us. He has directed us so far. I have 
sold my part of the mill We are free to leave, and the night is 
warm. We must wake the boys and be off with what we can 
carry. Perhaps my brother will save some of our things until 
we can return safely. Let's pray first and then decide what we 
cannot leave behind. " 

Before daylight, Alexander Mack, his wife, and two boys, 
ages four and three, were well out of Schriesheim. 

"Perhaps we can find a place in Heidelburg where we can 
live and worship with the brethren there. At least in a bigger 
city we will not be known and possibly will not be noticed. " 
Mack confided to his wife. 

"I hope so. In Schriesheim, everyone knows everyone, and 
there is no way to live our faith without being reported. " 

"Look, dear, the morning breaks! Perhaps it also means a 
new day for us in God's service. One thing we must be sure of 
and that is, we will go where God leads us. We will say what 
He speaks to us, and we will do what He commands. We have 
already counted the cost, and we know God will not put on us 
more than we can bear." On they walked, carrying their 
precious burdens, into a new episode in God's service. 

Soon after this, on September 6, Hochmann and Erb were 
arrested at Mannheim for their Christian witnessing. With them 
was Martin Lucas who later joined the Brethren. They were 
questioned, imprisoned, and sentenced to hard labor. This was 
the time Hochmann preached to the people of Mannheim 
instead of working his wheelbarrow. Mack tried unsuccessfully 


to visit these brethren in prison. He might have been arrested 
too, but the jail was full, and he was turned away and expelled 
from Mannheim, (to be continued) —L.C. 


After hearing about another conservative church group 
whose young folk boys don't enter the church house until 
services have begun, it was heartwarming to see two benches of 
our young folk boys in their places ten minutes before services 
were due to begin. Some of the first mentioned group's youth 
also act irreverent and disrespectful during services. Thank 
you, young people, that this is not the scenario in our services. 
Your reverence and respect will not only be a blessing to you, 
but to those around you and those who come after you. You 
young folks of today will not only be the church of tomorrow, 
but you speak loudly for the church of today. 

David and Elva Royer, Goshen, Indiana 

Peace and Pardon 
Have you met the Burden-Lifter, 
Jesus Christ, the Son of God? 
Have your heart and soul been cleansed, 
In His own precious blood? 
He, the One who bore our sorrows, 
And who carried all our load— 
Who died for our transgressions 
And the path to Calv'ry trod. 

Have you met the Man of Sorrows? 
Who shed His blood for you? 
Who stands to intercede with God 
To have mercy on you? 
Who purchased your redemption 


In Calv'ry's crimson flow 

To make a way in righteousness 

For you His joy to know. 

He is the only Saviour! 

His is the only way 

To find true peace and happiness; 

This is no child's play! 

There is no other fountain 

In which your soul to clean. 

Only one way to heaven: 

On Jesus Christ to lean! 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

COVER - A daughter, Cora Elaine, born March 21 to Peter and 
Denita Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

CABLE - A son, Abner Joel, born March 28 to Larry and 
Liana Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 


Do I love enough? 

Tis a question asked within my heart. 
Do I love enough? 
No, in God's eyes I'm in part. 

Does God love me? 

Tis a question asked within me. 

Does God love me? 

Yes, to God I'm precious jewelry. 


Am I a daughter of the King? 

Tis a question flying through my brain. 

Am I a child of the King? 

If not, I'm not worth anything. 
Esther Taylor 
Tuolumne, California 

Charity Beareth All Things 

At the end of one school day, Charity burst into the 
kitchen calling Mother as she came. "Mother, I never want to 
talk to Kimberly again!" she said. 

"Why not?" Mother asked in a calm voice. 

"Because she doesn't believe anything I say. All day today, 
everything Rosa and I said, Kimberly didn't believe. I said it 
was cold out this morning, and she said it wasn't very cold. I 
said the bell rang, and she said she didn't hear it. I said my 
pencil is yellow, and she said it's not-it's orange. I said there 
were a lot of birds at the feeder. She said there were only a few 
birds. I'm just tired of trying to talk when she's around, and so 
is Rosa." 

"I'm sure that does get tiresome, Charity dear," Mother 
sympathized. "But, do you love Kimberly?" 

"Of course I love Kimberly," Charity answered, surprised 
that Mother would ask such a question. "I love everybody." 

"If you love Kimberly, will you quit talking to her?" was 
Mother's next question. 

"But if she doesn't believe anything I say, why should I talk 
to her?" Charity wondered. 

"How would you like it if Kimberly and Rosa quit talking to 

"I wouldn't like it, but I believe them when they say 
something," Charity answered. 

"Remember the verse we are learning in I Corinthians 13? 
What is it?" 

"I Corinthians 13:7: Charity beareth all things, believeth all 
things, hopeth all things, endureth all things," Charity quoted. 
"But, Mother, Kimberly is the one that doesn't believe all 

"But I'm thinking about the 'beareth all things' part," Mother 
said. "Don't you think this is a time you need to 'bear all things' 
and keep talking to Kimberly? It is irritating when someone 
doesn't believe what we say, but that's a small thing to bear 
because we love them. If you are patient and kind with 
Kimberly, she'll probably soon break her habit of disagreeing 
with you. Then you'll enjoy talking to her again." 

"Okay, I'll try," Charity said, and she sighed loudly as she 
went to change her dress. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 








VOL. 50 MAY. 2003 No. 5 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 

Dear Lord, I do not ask 

That Thou shouldst give me some high work of Thine, 

Some noble calling, or some wondrous task. 

Give me a little hand to hold in mine. 

Give me a little child to point the way 

Over the strange, sweet path that leads to Thee. 

Give me a little voice to teach to pray; 

Give me two shining eyes Thy face to see. 

The only crown I ask, dear Lord, to wear 

Is this, that I may teach a little child. 

I do not ask that I may ever stand 

Among the wise, the worthy, or the great 

I only ask that softly hand-in-hand, 

A child and I may enter at the gate. 

Author Unknown 
From Seven Things Children Need 
by John M. Drescher 

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Mama, Mother, Mom— her name is dear and precious. We 
pay yearly tribute to the ones who conceived, nurtured, and 
cradled us—whose hands blessed us innumerable times. 

One mother's hands seemed grotesque and ugly to her 
daughter. She told her mother how much she love her face, her 
words, her arms, but she could not love her hands. Then the 
mother recounted how she had burned her hands badly in 
rescuing her daughter when their house was on fire. At the 
close of this story, the daughter exclaimed, "Mother, I love your 
face, I love your voice, I love your arms, but most of all, I love 
your hands!" 

Mother's hands represent her years of service to her family 
and to others. Proverbs 31:19,20 reads, "She layeth her hands 
to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth 
out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to 
the needy." To trace the pattern of movement of the hands of a 
busy mom would reveal a maze of motion most intricate as she 
cooks and sews, washes little faces, prepares lunches, makes 
beds, and wipes tears. Mom's work is sometimes belittled as a 
boring and unskilled waste of time, but in reality, this job is one 
of the most important of all. It takes skill and practice to learn 
the keyboard of a computer, not to mention many of the 
decisions and problems in business. But consider the intricacies 
of a mothers daily duties. Some can be learned through 
practice, like a keyboard. But many of a mother's jobs take 
ingenuity, devotion, and skills learned only by experience and 
love. What do you do when baby upchucks a full stream- 
repeatedly? How do you handle the envy of two very close in 
age? How can you keep three active under- school- age children 


off the road, in the playpen, out of the cookie jar, and on and 
on? We men can't even list the duties and surprises our wives 
face constantly. 

Mother's hands possess untold abilities. It is good to 
remember your own mother's hands and what a blessing they 
were to you. Our passage in Proverbs speaks of service of a 
godly woman to her family. The spindle and distaff are both 
tools for hand- spinning wool or flax. It those days, garments 
and blankets were made by hand, beginning with raw materials. 
These verses also tell of hands that reach out in service to the 
community—the poor and needy. 

Undoubtedly, praise is due to our faithful mothers, sisters, 
aunts— and not just once a year. May God bless them as they 
continue in the vital, unique calling of ministering at home, in 
the church, and in the world. — L.C. 


"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came 
by Jesus Christ." (John 1:17) 

About 8:35 PM that Thursday night of October 31, I drove 
through the darkness down S.R. 263 as I came home from a 
welding class at the local Hobart dealer. The truck was acting 
up that night, and every couple miles it would sputter, cough, 
and try to die! So far I had succeeded in keeping it from dying 
by just stomping on the gas for a minute until it ran smoothly. I 
coasted over the small hill and bumped over the tracks and 
drove slowly down the deserted main street of West Lebanon. 
As I drove past the small shops, I looked down and held my 
speed at 30 MPH, exactly the speed limit. Slowly I climbed the 
next small hill and drove past our road. 


Since I was taking the Miller boys home, I would go just 
outside of town to their place before going home. All this time 
we conversed, and in hardly five minutes I would have dropped 
them off and continued on home. Just then the truck crackled 
and popped, and I instinctively rammed on the gas. Only about 
two seconds passed and it again hummed smoothly taking us 
quickly out of town. I glanced down at the speedometer and 
did some thoughtless figuring. I had sped up to 45 but was 
almost out of town, so I slowly took my foot off the gas and 
coasted toward the 55 sign just out of town. "There's a cop," 
one of the boys quickly interrupted as they both turned around 
and looked out the back window. One quick glance out the 
right side mirror and I saw the once hidden officer pulling out 
behind me with lights brilliantly flashing! My heart went to my 
stomach: I was caught! Quickly I pulled off and waited for 
what seemed like eternity. As I looked in my rear view mirror, 
I could see little but the whirling of the police car's lights. 

Just then I was blinded as the officer shined his flashlight in 
my eyes. "Good evening," he said. 

"Hello," I said weakly. 

"Do you know why I pulled you over:" he inquired. 

"Urn . .1 was going too fast," I managed to reply. 

"Do you have any idea how fast you were going?" he 

"Uh, about 45 ," I confessed as my heart sank in fear and 

"You're right," was his final reply. I was condemned; the 
LAW had caught me, and guilt, embarrassment, and dread were 

The officer took my ED and left me sitting in the darkness, 
waiting for his judgement. Finally he came back and delivered 
the sentence. I would not be given a ticket, only a warning. 
That was GRACE, unmerited favor shown to me even though I 
was guilty of the accused trespass. He passed me his warning: 


"Calvin R. Johnson. . . did unlawfully operate a. . . 1987 yellow 
Ford truck. . . in violation of state law did. . . drive over the 
speed limit. . . correct offence at once. . ." It stung; I was 
totally guilty. You would think that the grace would have made 
me rejoice, but it only stung worse. Why then, does God f s 
grace lift the heart to praise? 

There is a fundamental difference between God f s grace and 
man f s pardon. God's grace forgives; man's pardon does not lift 
the condemnation of a guilty conscience. It only removes 
punishment inflicted by others and demanded by the Law, and it 
does not deal with the self-inflicted pain of guilt. God's means 
of grace— salvation— is whole and complete. "The like figure 
whereunto baptism doth also now save us, (not the putting 
away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good 
conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." 
Notice how this salvation has come about: by the resurrection 
of Jesus Christ. Only He has the power to free our minds from 
the powers of guilt, which is the sting of death. 

The experience of getting caught for speeding was good for 
me; it made the feeling of being in the clutches of the law a 
reality to me. "He that despised Moses' law died without mercy 
under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, 
suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden 
under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the 
covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and 
hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" (Heb. 10:28-29) 

The* experience was a small but terrible foreshadowing of 
the time when sinners shall stand before the great white throne. 
How wonderful it is that we may avail ourselves of His grace, 
and claim on that day the forgiveness that only He can give. 
"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by 
Jesus Christ." (John 1:17) 

Calvin R. Johnson 
West Lebanon, Indiana 



"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." 
(Psalm 66:18) 

regard (re+garder, to guard, heed, keep) L To keep in 
view; look at, esp. closely or attentively. 2 To hold (one) in 
high esteem. 3. To show respect or consideration for heed, 
(from Webster's Collegiate Dictionary c. 1944) 

"Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, 
and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face." 
(imagination) (Eze. 14:3) 

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil 
thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, 
covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, 
blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from 
within, and defile the man." (Mark 7:21-23) 

"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come 
forth from the heart; and they defile the man." (Matt. 15:18) 

"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words 
thou shalt be condemned." (Matt. 12:37) 

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately 
wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the 
reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and 
according to the fruit of his doings." (Jer. 17:9,10) 

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put 
within you. . . And I will put my spirit within you, and cause 
you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and 
do them." (Eze.. 36:26a,27) 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true. . .honest. . 
just. . .pure. . .lovely. . .of good report. . .if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Phil. 4:8) 

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." 
(Matt. 5:8) 


We know from Scripture that thoughts come from God: "How 
precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!" (Psalm 
139: 17a) From Satan: "Why hath Satan filled thine heart to He 
to the Holy Ghost?" (Acts 5:3b) (See also Matt. 16:23.) 
Thoughts also come from our own hearts. (Luke 6:45, Prov. 
23:7) We are responsible for what we allow our minds to dwell 
on. The mind is a battlefield. "That Christ may dwell in your 
hearts by faith. . ." (Eph. 3:17) It is important to stay in the 
Word: "For the word of God is, . . a discerner of the thoughts 
and intents of the heart." (Heb. 4:12) 

Since there are three sources of our thoughts, we must as a 
warrior, take every thought captive. Check them out against 
God's Word, and if they are evil, throw them out. The same for 
imaginations; if bad, throw them down. (II Cor. 10:5) We 
stand by faith. One of the seven things the Lord hates is "An 
heart that deviseth wicked imaginations." (Prov. 6:18) "And let 
none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart." 
(Zech. 7:10b) We must with purpose of heart cleave unto the 
Lord. (Acts 11:23) "For I know the things that come into your 
mind, (saith the Lord) everyone of them." (Eze. 11:5) 

So thoughts come, good and bad. Those retained bring 
forth fruit: we speak them and live them. By our words and 
actions we will be judged. (Matt. 12:37, Rev. 20:13) 

Dear Lord Jesus, create in us clean hearts, (Psalm 51:10) 
pure and spotless, by faith in Thy blood, that we may be Thy 
holy habitation (dwelling). (II Cor. 6:16) . . . Amen. 

Kevin Garber 
Athens, Wisconsin 

Annual Meeting for the Old Brethren will be, Lord willing, 
June 6, 7, & 8 Tuolumne, California, in the Mountain View 
meeting house. All are welcome to these meetings. Come and 
bring your friends. 



The following are some of the features and manifestations 
of the self-life. The Holy Spirit alone can interpret and apply 
this to your individual case. As you read, examine yourself in 
the very presence of God. 

Are you ever conscious of: 

—A secret spirit of pride or an exalted feeling in view of 
your success or position—because of your good training or 
appearance—because of your natural gifts and abilities— an 
important, independent spirit? Prov. 16:18; 20:6; 25:14; 
Rom. 12:3; James 4:6. 

—Love of human praise; a secret fondness to be noticed; 
love of supremacy, drawing attention to self in conversation; a 
swelling out of self when you have had a special open door in 
speaking or praying? John 5:44; 12:42,43; ICor.l3:4. 

—The stirrings of anger or impatience which, worst of all, 
you call nervousness or holy indignation; a touchy, sensitive 
spirit; a disposition to resent and retaliate when disapproved of 
or contradicted; a desire to throw sharp, heated remarks at 
another? Psalm 37:8; Ecc. 7:9; Luke 21:19; James 1:19. 

-Self-will; a stubborn, unteachable spirit; an arguing, 
talkative spirit; harsh, sarcastic expressions; an unyielding, 
headstrong disposition; a driving, commanding spirit; a 
disposition to criticize and pick flaws when set aside and 
unnoticed; a peevish, fretful spirit; a disposition that loves to be 
coaxed and humored? Deut. 1:43; Mai 2:2; James 3:17; II 
Peter 2: 10. 

-Carnal fear; a man-fearing spirit; a shrinking from reproach 
and duty; reasoning around your cross; a shrinking from doing 
your whole duty to those of wealth or position; a fearfulness 
that someone will offend and drive some prominent person 


away; a compromising spirit? I Sam. 15:24; Prov. 29:25; Gal. 
2:12; I John 4:18. 

-A jealous disposition; a secret of envy shut up in your 
heart; an unpleasant sensation in view of the great prosperity 
and success of another; a disposition to speak of the faults and 
failings, rather than the gifts and virtues of those more talented 
and appreciated that yourself? Gen. 26:12-16; I Sam 18:8,9; 
Prov. 6:34; 14:30; Matt. 21:15; Rom. 12:9,10. 

—A dishonest, deceitful disposition; the evading and 
covering of the truth; the covering up of your real faults; 
leaving a better impression of yourself than is strictly true; false 
humility; exaggeration; straining the truth? Psalm 15:2,3; Isa. 
29:13; Jer. 17:9; Matt. 23:28; Luke 22:48; Acts 5:2,3; I 
Tim 4:2. 

-Unbelief; a spirit of discouragement in times of pressure 
and opposition; lack of quietness and confidence in God; lack of 
faith and trust in God; a disposition to worry and complain in 
the midst of pain, poverty, or at the dispensations of Divine 
Providence; an over-anxious feeling whether everything will 
come out all right? Isa.7:9; Luke 12:28-30; I Cor. 2:14; E 
Cor. 5:6; Heb. 11:6; I Pet 5:7. 

-Formality and deadness; lack of concern for lost souls; 
dryness and indifference; lack of power with God? Matt. 15: 14; 
H Tim. 3:5; Rev. 2:4; 3:1. 

-Selfishness; love of ease; love of money? Amos 6:1-6; 
Luke 12:19-21; I Tim 6:10. 

Th&se are some of the traits which generally indicate a 
carnal heart. By prayer, hold your heart open to the searchlight 
of God until you see the very insides thereof. "Search me, O 
God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and 
see if there be any wicked way in me." (Psalm 139:23,24) 

The Holy Ghost will enable you, by confession and faith, to 
bring your "self-life" to the death. Do not patch over, but go to 
the very bottom and clean out all the dross. It alone will pay. 


Oh, to be saved from myself dear Lord! 
Oh, to be lost in Thee! 
Oh, that it might be no more I, 
But Christ that lives in me! 

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit 
within me." (Psalm 51:10) 

Author unbiown. From the Gospel Tract and Bible Society 

As I think of Jesus on the Cross, 
Tears fill my eyes, to glisten; 
He loves and guides, even me, 
IfFll be still and listen. 

Jesus walks and talks with me; 
He watches and hears when I pray; 
He knows of everything I do, 
And He knows of everything I say. 

Sometimes I become so busy in the day, 
The daily tasks may overwhelm me; 
But if I keep my eyes upon Jesus, 
He will lead, direct, and set me free. 

If I'm careful what I think and where I go, 
Even though my path may become dim; 
As I stumble, He will help me up again, 
If ril be still and listen to Him. 

As I read the Bible, God's Holy Word, 
And in singing praises to Him, I will grow; 
Then I can rest assured, He has heard; 
If I'll obey the heavenly way, I'll know. 

Leona I. Miller, Sonora, California 



Alexander Mack, Sr. (Continued from last issue) 

Late in 1706, Mack and his family finally found refuge in the 
small rural village of Schwarzenau where Count Heinrich 
Albrecht allowed religious refugees to settle. He was able to 
buy a house on a small piece of property on a hill above the 
town on the trail to Berleburg. Others built huts on the same 
hill, and the little community became known as the Huttenthal 
or Valley of Huts. 

It was a peacefid setting, and about 300 refugees or non- 
conformists of various beliefs located there. Schwarzenau lies 
beside the Eder River where it winds gently through a valley of 
farmland. As it was more primitive, Count Heinrich was glad to 
have settlers come to help in its development. The count was 
also sympathetic to these believers; four of his sisters had 
become Pietists. 

Here in Schwarzenau, the Pietists could meet undisturbed. 
It must have been a relief to the Macks after leaving their home 
and their birthplace to wander until they could find a place to 
live in peace. In Counting the Cost by William G. Willoughby 
is this account of the Pietist meetings at Schwarzenau: 

"By 1707, there were several different groups of Pietists 
living in Schwarzenau. The most enduring was the group which 
met in the home of Alexander and Anna Margaret Mack. This 
group met on Sunday afternoons or weekday evenings around 
the fireplace in Mack's 'big room.' A typical gathering included 
several families, one or two widows, and several unmarried 
persons-all searching together for the truth which they believed 
Jesus had taught. Services began with the singing of their 
favorite Pietistic hymns, followed by unison voicing of the 
Lord's Prayer. When Hochmann was present, he would stand 
before the group with his Bible in his hand to 'explain the word' 


with great zeal in a loud voice. In Hochmann's absence, Mack 
would interpret the scripture. After the scriptural exposition, 
the whole group would kneel, raising high their arms in fervent 
prayer. Following a hymn and a closing prayer, the group 
would disperse. 1 ' 

During the spring and summer of 1707, Alexander Mack 
gained experience by traveling with Hochmann on his preaching 
tours. They preached in the Marienborn area and perhaps as far 
away as Basel, Switzerland. 

The rest of Mack ! s life is tied closely to the fellowship 
begun in Swarzenau with a company of eight men and women. 


When Ernest Christoph Hochmann was in a Nurnburg 
prison for his preaching, George Grebe and Alexander Mack 
wrote to him for his opinion on baptism. They felt they needed 
to be obedient to Jesus in everything, and baptism was one item 
on their consciences. They proposed a threefold or "trine" 
immersion in the name of the Father, and in the name of the 
Son, and in the name of the Holy Ghost as Jesus had 
commanded in Matthew 28:19. 

Hochmann's answer dated July 24, 1708, agreed with such 
a baptism if they truly had convictions for it He warned them, 
however, that "One must, therefore, first carefully count the 
cost, if one will follow after the Lord Jesus in all the trials 
which will certainly follow from this. " 

The expression "count the cost" echoes the challenge of our 
Saviour in Luke 15:27,28: "And whosoever doth not bear his 
cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of 
you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and 
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?" 
Jesus was talking to His followers and to us. The cost of our 
salvation was paid once for all when Jesus suffered and died 
on the cross. But if we would follow Him, there is a cross for 


us, and there will be a cost to us of giving up our will and our 
self to let Him rule in our daily lives. 

The cost in Mack's time was easily understood. To baptize 
was to commit an offense against the powerful state church as 
well as the government It could cost their freedom and even 
their lives. 

"Count the cost" became a motto of Alexander Mack's. A 
biography of Mack by William G. Willoughby of Laverne, 
California, is titled Counting the Cost. A poem by Mack is 
named "Count Well the Cost. " Its first of thirteen stanzas 
follows: Christ Jesus says, "Count well the cost 

When you lay the foundation. " 
Are you resolved, though all seem lost, 
To risk your reputation, 
Your self your wealth, for Christ the Lord 
As you now give your solemn word? 
(Translated by Ora W. Garber. From European Origins of 
the Brethren by Donald Durnbaugh. ) — L. C. 

Roger and Mary Williams and Laura Caudill were baptized 
April 13 near Wakarusa. Catherine Johnson was baptized April 
23 near Williamsport. They were welcomed into the Indiana 
Congregation. We pray that these new members will faithfully 
serve in the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus. 

Reuben Royer and Abigail Miller were married March 29 in 
Wakarusa, Indiana. New address: 68501 Cedar Rd. 

Nappanee, IN 46550 
Nathan Royer and Carrie Royer were married April 19 in 
Wakarusa, Indiana. New address: 64656 S.K 19 

Goshen, IN 46526 



This section we call "For Youth" is set apart for young 
people. We have printed quite a few poems written by some of 
you. I want to encourage more of you to write your thoughts 
and send them, or select writings or poems that have been 
meaningful to you. Was a sermon at church or a lesson at 
school especially impressive? Did you experience something 
that taught a lesson? It is good to share the inspirations God 
gives us. --L.C. 

The Stormy Night 
Yes! There's light at the end of the valley; 
One bright star in midnight of pain; 
Lighthouse beams o'er the seas of temptation; 
Through the struggle and tears there is gain. 

For life's deepest joys are not measured 
By the yardstick of bright, carefree days, 
But by peace and by real satisfaction 
Found in patience through long, weary ways. 

And the service that seems the most lowly, 
The least praised and least noticed by men. 
Done simply for love of the Saviour 
Is the one that will count in the end. 

Though hard be your lot, unrelenting, 
And vainly you seek for relief, 
Yet God always rewards faithftd service; 
Sometime life's pain will seem brie£ 

As you look back and view the unfolding 
Of God's answers to agonized prayers— 


See gracious plans He was beholding 

For your escape from the sly fowler's snare. 

For God will not leave you in darkness; 
He knows the clear path through the storm, 
And He will lead you through to the sunshine, 
Though your soul has by sorrow been torn. 
Susanna Tate, 
Mshawaka, Indiana 

Charity. . . Believeth All Things 

"Hold real still, Charity, while I make your part." Mother 
said. "Okay, now IVe got it straight. What verse are we 
learning now?" 

"I Corinthians 13:7: 'Beareth all things, believeth all things, 
hopeth all things, endureth all things, 1 " Charity quoted. 

"Very good," Mother said. 

"But, 'believeth all things'?" Charity said, with a question in 
her voice. "You and Daddy tell me not to believe everything I 

"And that is right, dear. There are things we hear that we 
know are not true. But, I think this 'believeth all things* means 
that if we love everybody as we should, we'll trust them and 
always think, or believe, the best of them. We'll believe that 
each person wants to do what's right. We'll believe God and 
His Word. We'll believe that our parents want what is best for 
us and obey them We'll believe that what Teacher tells us to 
do is what is good for us to help us learn." 

"Do you mean, like when Lyndal ran right into me the other 
day and knocked me down, then said he was sorry, I should 
believe he was sorry? I still think he did it on purpose! " 

"Yes, I think you should believe that he was sorry," Mother 
answered. "You don't know for sure he did it on purpose, so 
you need to love him enough to believe he really did not 
purposely do such a thing." 

"It was a mean thing for him to do! It hurt when I fell on 
the gravel. Besides, then Rosa got to base without getting 
caught. And I could have caught her if Lyndal hadn f t knocked 
me down!" Charity was still upset about it 

"You must forgive Lyndal, Charity," Mother said. "You 
won't be really happy until you do. Believe it was an accident, 
and that Lyndal really was sorry." 

"Okay," Charity said as she jumped off the stool. Her hair 
was neatly braided, and she was ready for another school day. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VOL. 50 JUNE. 2003 No. 6 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Great was the day, the joy was great 
When the divine disciples met: 
Whilst on their heads the Spirit came 
And sat like tongues of cloven flame. 

What gifts, what miracles He gave! 
And power to heal, and power to save! 
Furnished their tongues with wondrous words 
Instead of shields and spears and swords. 

Thus armed He sent the champions forth, 
From east to west, from south to north; - 
Go and assert your Saviour's cause; 
Go, spread the mystery of His cross. 

These weapons of the holy war, 
Of what almighty force they are, 
To make our stubborn passions bow, 
And lay the proudest rebels low. 

Nations, the learned and the rude, 
Are by these heavenly arms subdued, 
While Satan rages at his loss, 
And hates the doctrine of the cross. 

Great King of grace! my heart subdue; 
I would be led in triumph too, 
A willing captive to my Lord, 
And sing the victories of His Word. 
The Pilgrim, 1975, From an old hymn book loaned by Keith Hootman 

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What a strange title! Is it possible? Being hooked or 
addicted is usually to something stronger and more damaging 
than milk. Yet I think it is possible. If being hooked (or 
addicted) means dependant, and miserable without it, then one 
can be hooked on milk. Babies are. 

I have an eight- week-old calf. When I bought it at the cattle 
auction, it was wild as a deer and defiant besides. I decided that 
the only way I could tame it was to make it accustomed to 
being bottle fed. At first, it was so upset that the bottle of milk 
meant nothing but more trouble. Each morning and evening we 
held it still and put the calf nipple in its mouth. Gradually it 
realized the value and began to drink. Before long it looked 
forward to its bottle, and yes, it did become tame. Now it is 

Milk is our first food. For babies it is complete and 
adequate. God described the promised land as flowing with 
milk and honey. Its high calcium makes it good for strong 
bones— the very framework of our bodies. 

Peter writes that we should "as newborn babes, desire the 
sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." Psalm 
119:103: "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, 
sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Verse 105 says, "Thy word 
is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Verse 11: 
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against 
thee." Wouldn't it be great if we could develop addiction to this 
milk of the Word! Paul wrote that the household of Stephanas 
had "addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints." 

When we are addicted in such a way, the results are good— 
not like the current drug addictions accompanied by sickness, 


shaking, hallucinations, and crime. This addiction will make us 
grow. Babies grow on milk and so does my calf But the milk 
of the Word promotes growth in grace and the knowledge of 
Jesus, the very framework of our spiritual lives. Where else 
can we find the revelation of the love of the Father and Jesus 
the Son? What besides God's word can show us our duty and 
destiny? The hymn by Fanny Crosby says: 

Tell me the story of Jesus; 

Write on my heart every word. 

Tell me the story most precious, 

Sweetest that ever was heard. 
Some have gone by the motto: "No Bible, no breakfast," or 
"No prayer, no breakfast." Don Hustad in Crusade Hymn 
Stories proposes also: "No hymn of praise, no breakfast!" He 
suggests for one, the hymn of Thomas Ken (1637-1711): 

Awake, my soul, and with the sun 

Thy daily stage of duty run; 

Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise 

To pay thy morning sacrifice. 
When we have this addiction to the milk of the word, it will 
not be difficult to maintain daily Bible reading-in fact, it will be 
painful to miss that time of devotion, praise, and study. --L.C. 


Isaiah 33:6: And wisdom and knowledge shall be the 
stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the 
LORD is his treasure. 

There is a strange stillness. The sky has a funny color. It 
seems even the common sounds of nature have come to a stop. 
As we sense the early morning atmosphere, we hardly know 
how to plan our day. We can ! t mow hay. It doesn't seem wise 
to tear off the roof. In fact, the uneasiness of the time will 


hardly allow us to make any kind of plans at all. The frustrating 
part is that it has been this way for several days: rain, rain, rain, 
and the hay needs to be mowed and the garden planted, and we 
don't know how to plan until the weather stabilizes. 

Sometimes we think it would be nice if the only unstable 
thing in our lives would be the weather. We as humans 
experience times of sickness, low finances, disagreements in our 
marriages, stubbornness in our children, problems in our church 
and community relationships, unsettling national news, 
accidents, and various other disappointments we could describe 
as storms. In these unsettling times it is difficult to find 
reasonable answers. And in so many ways our road to peace 
and progress appears to be blocked. 

It is tempting in these times to move foolishly, speak rashly, 
become emotionally unbalanced, and make unwise choices that 
would only multiply the instability of the time. No doubt we all 
have experienced the humiliation of being responsible for such a 
response. If not, maybe we are that double minded man that is 
unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8) 

However, these times are golden opportunities to strengthen 
our faith in God and develop lasting relationships with one 
another. By the grace of God we can make progress in 
destroying self by honestly assessing the present circumstances, 
making it a matter of prayer, searching the Word, seeking 
council of our brethren and companions, and making decisions 
that are best, not for ourselves but for all involved. 

When we think of stability, we think of two properties: 

(1) A Good Foundation. Jesus said, "Therefore whosoever 
heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him 
unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the 
rah descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and 
beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a 
rock." (Matt. 7:24,25) Apostle Paul said, "For other foundation 
can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 


(I Cor. 3:11) Who would build expensive buildings on a poor 
foundation or no foundation at all? Who would make major, 
long-term investments in a land with an unstable government? 

(2) Power Under Control. We know power out of control 
is explosively dangerous. A container of nitroglycerin is what 
we call very unstable. One little shake or bump and we have an 
explosion equal to the contents. However, when we mix 
nitroglycerin (wisdom) with sawdust (knowledge) we have 
dynamite, a very useftd product, yet a product to be feared. 
Our laws require that dynamite be only in the hands of wise, 
knowledgeable, and honorable people. Power, no matter how 
stable, is not safe except in the hands of one who fears. 
Certainly the "fear of the Lord" is the third and most valuable 
ingredient for the stability of our times. Solomon tells us that 
the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. 
(Pro. 1:7, 9:10) 

We all know the story of a young man named Daniel, who 
was stripped of everything that we would call familiar: family, 
culture, most of his friends, and a future of his choice. Yet in 
the midst of such a storm and loss, the Scriptures tell us that 
"Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself 
with the portion of the king f s meat, nor with the wine which he 
drank," We know what God was able to do with a man like 

When Queen Esther found her life and lives of her people 
threatened, it was through council and fasting that the Jews 
found deliverance (salvation and stability) from God for such a 
time as this. 

As David navigated through a difficult relationship with 
Saul, he found answers and stability in respecting God's 

Joseph said, "How then can I do this great wickedness, and 
sin against God?" And he too found his way through the 
storms of his life from the dungeon to the throne. 


Does God see in us the stability that he saw in Abraham 
when he said, "For I know him, that he will command his 
children and his household after him, and they shah keep the 
way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD 
may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." 

The stable person is not the rich, nor is he the one who 
seemingly never changes. It ! s not required that we live in the 
same place for thirty years to prove our stability. Stability and 
salvation is denying ourselves, taking up the cross, and 
following Jesus. (Matt. 16:24) It ! s worshipping and serving 
only the Lord thy God. (Matt. 4:10) It's serving only one 
master. (Matt. 6:24) It's knowing that we are servants to whom 
we obey. (Rom. 6:16) It's minding the things of the spirit. 
(Rom. 8:5) It's friendship with God and not the world. (James 

One of the most unsettling, fearful, and unavoidable 
experiences in the future of all men is death. It is a future event 
that many people choose not to deal with. If we haven't faced 
this last enemy with knowledge, wisdom, and the fear of God, 
how can we successfully handle the problems of the present? 
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our 
Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye 
stedfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, 
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the 
Lord." (I Cor. 15:58) 

What a great foundation! What great power! What an 
opportunity! The fear of the LORD is his treasure. 

Tom Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 

There are reported to be 773,692 words in the Bible— but 
"worry" is not one of them. "Worry" is not in God's 
vocabulary, and should not be in ours. —From Pulpit Helps 



"How old do you think I am?' 1 I asked the row of lively 
children in front of me. The answers came fast and furious. 
"65!" "99!" "19!" "140!" Somewhat amused, I informed them 
that, in reality, I was 41. 

We answer questions, form opinions, and make decisions 
based on our frame of reference which includes knowledge and 
experience. In the case of these children, both were lacking. In 
addition, we frequently form our opinions and conclusions from 
selfish desires and worldly influences, not from God's 
perspective. Children often reflect this immature perspective 
and sadly, many adults do also. 

The world teaches that there is no absolute truth, no 
standard on which to build our lives. All is relative; situation 
determines ethics. In other words, it is all right to steal to help 
someone. Killing another person is justifiable if it is for the 
defense of our country. Immoral relationships are acceptable if 
there is a willing partner. Not so, if we follow God ! s standard! 
We see America drowning in a sea of confusion and sin, the 
direct result of a disregard and contempt for God's truth. 

Such we expect from the world. What about the church? 
Many in Christian circles claim salvation while living in 
disobedience to God's word. Salvation is purported to be a 
"one time event," with little emphasis on faithfulness, 
obedience, stewardship, and service. Many would do well to 
heed the advice given to Benhadad, the boastful king of Syria: 
"Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that 
puttethit off." (I Kings 20:11) 

Has the church in America bought into the world's 
philosophy of situational ethics? Are the teachings of Christ 
(deny yourself love your enemy, wash one another's feet, etc.) 


relevant to our day? Can the principles taught become practice? 
Can we live a consistent life in such a society? 

Yes, yes, yes, and yes! An elderly man was once asked the 
secret to his success. His simple answer was "Good choices." 
"But how does one make good choices?" "Experience," was 
the reply. "And how does one get experience?" With a wry 
smile, the older man said, "Bad choices." Often this is true. 
However, Jesus said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye 
my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth 
shall make you free." (John 8:32,33) That certainly does not 
sound as if bad choices are necessary for success. 

A dependence on Christ is the key to success in the 
Christian's life. Dependence on His word. His will. His way. 
His life. His death. His guidance. His control. The Word of 
God and our literal interpretation and acceptance of such is 
essential to our faith. We have been taught well and have had 
many good examples in the lives of preceding generations, but 
our surest anchor is the Lord Jesus Christ and His divine 
perspective guiding our lives in thought, word, and deed. 

Lloyd Wagner 
Modesto, California 


Do any of you hear and read of wars and rumors of wars 
and long for peace? Maybe you are busy rearing a family of 
children of various ages, and you have conflicts and 
misunderstandings. Satan knows the time is very short. Li a 
recent meditation, we were startled to find how many of our 
Bible's warnings of the end time are happenings of today! 

How so we really feel about the return of Jesus? I confess 
that I have mixed feelings as I wonder how ready I am. Would 
my Father in heaven feel I am one of His? And yet I also long 


to leave this world of turmoil. What could any of us want more 
than the security and place of a home in heaven! How I long 
for its rest and peace. What do peaceful people do to give them 
a radiant calm that others of us feel we lack? 

In a sermon the story was told of two painters attempting to 
paint the picture of peace. One painted a serene setting with 
everything perfect and peaceful. The other painted a stormy 
picture of a tree driven with wind and near raging water. On 
the tree was a secure limb with a sheltered nest. In the nest was 
a mother bird with her young observing the storm That picture 
showed real peace. 

Why do we not sometimes feel secure? Don't we know that 
our Father in heaven knows even the number of hairs on our 
heads? (Matt. 10:30) 

Security does not begin in our world around but with our 
hearts and minds within. How firm is my trust? Why would the 
world's surroundings bother me? Jesus said these things must 
come to pass. (Matt. 24:6) Although our surroundings may 
have a bearing on our feelings, let us not waver in the faith since 
our faith is rooted and grounded in His love. (Eph. 3:17-19) 
Our security is found in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

VicM L. Witmer 
New Madison, Ohio 


Schwarzenau Baptism 

"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on 
earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done 
for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or 
three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst 
of them." (Matthew 18:19,20) 


The Brethren in Schwarzenau claimed this promise as they 
resolved by the grace of God to obey Him in baptism They, 
with other Separatists, Pietists, and Anabaptists, had rejected 
infant baptism, regarding it unscriptural and ineffective. But 
what of the command of Jesus to go into the world and baptize 
all nations? And what about Peter's Pentecost sermon when he 
called the crowd to "Repent and be baptized every one of you in 
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"? If they rejected their infant 
baptism, then were they unbaptized? They wanted with all their 
hearts to be obedient to Jesus. 

Alexander Mack was living in Schwarzenau, worshiping 
with Pietests, and taking preaching tours with Hochmann. They 
were free from persecution in Schwarzenau. Count Heinrich 
Albrecht (or Henry Albert) allowed religious liberty for all his 
subjects. The count himself was impressed with Hochmann and 
Pietist teaching, and four of his sisters had become Pietests and 
married commoners. 

These Pietists of Schwarzenau, though they enjoyed 
protection and good fellowship, were seeking to know more of 
God's will. Alexander Mack and others were not completely 
satisfied with Pietists 1 rejection of ordinances commanded in the 
New Testament. In 1708, Christopher Hochmann was in prison 
in Nurnburg. The Brethren wrote to him, as their spiritual 
leader, regarding their intentions to organize and baptize 
believers. Hochmann gave his consent, specifying that they 
should not become sectarian or look down on those who 
believed differently. With this encouragement, one of the 
Brethren was chosen to write a letter telling of their plans and 
hopes, inviting the Pietists of the Palatinate to join with them in 
their new fellowship. A small sample from that letter follows: 

"Dear brethren, please have patience with this simple letter, 
as the dear Savior and Redeemer has patience with all of us, and 
hears and sustains us in His longsuffering. 


"I also want to remind the dear brethren that we must 
publicly profess that which Christ Jesus taught and did without 
hesitation or fear of men. We need not be ashamed and must 
above all suffer and endure all things with rejoicing. 

"Joy! Joy! More joy! Christ prevents all suffering. Bliss! 
Bliss! More bliss! Christ is the sum of grace!. . . 

"Dear brethren! What is then better than being obedient and 
not despising the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, the 
King of Glory? This, especially as we have left all sects because 
of the misuses concerning infant baptism, communion, and 
church system, and unanimously profess that they are rather 
man's statutes and commandments, and therefore do not baptize 
our children, and testify that we were not really baptized. . . 

"So then, if some more brethren wish to begin this high act 
of baptism with us out of brotherly unity according to the 
teachings of Christ and the apostles, we announce in 
humbleness that we are interceding together in prayer and 
fasting with God. We will choose him whom the Lord gives as 
the baptizer as God will reveal to us. If we then begin in the 
footsteps of the Lord Jesus to live according to His 
commandment, then we can also hold communion together 
according to the commandment of Christ and His apostles in the 
fear of the Lord. We now wish from the bottom of our hearts, 
grace, peace, and love for all brethren from God our Father in 
Jesus Christ, His beloved Son, through the Holy Spirit. . ." 
(From European Origins of the Brethren by Donald F. 

This letter was from one of the first eight. It was sent in 
love with hope that like-minded ones would unite with them. 
Apparently it did not have the effect they hoped for because 
only eight people launched out in faith in the new venture. 
However, the letter did inform those looking on. Undoubtedly, 
there were many who were waiting to see what would happen 


and later did join with the Brethren. (To- be continued next 
month.) — L.C. 

Review questions: 

1. Why was Alexander Mack dissatisfied with the Pietists? 

2. What was Hochmann's warning to the Brethren? 

3. What did the Brethren do to persuade others to join them? 

4. Was it effective? 


We saw Thee not when Thou didst come 

To this poor world of sin and death; 

Nor yet beheld Thy cottage home 

In that despised Nazareth; 

But we believe Thy footsteps trod 

Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God. 

We saw Thee not when lifted high, 
Amid that wild and savage crew, 
Nor heard we that imploring cry, 
"Forgive, they know not what they do! " 
But we believe the deed was done, 
That shook the earth and veiled the sun. 

We gazed not in the open tomb, 
Where once Thy mangled body lay; 
Nor saw Thee in that upper room, 
Nor met Thee on the open way; 
But we believe that angels said, 
"Why seek the living with the dead?" 

We walked not with the chosen few, 
Who saw Thee from the earth ascend; 
Who raised to heaven their wondering view, 
Then low to earth all prostrate bend; 
But we believe that human eyes 
Beheld the journey to the skies. 

Anne Richter 

From The Christian Hymnary 



The love of our fathers is precious indeed; 
We honor their memory here. 
They sacrificed freely that we might be fed, 
And bade that we live in God's fear. 

We have a spring day to express love to him, 
Remember his order and strength, 
To give him our gifts or our fondness and thanks 
And honor and praise him at length. 

But Dad would not want us to praise him above 

What we really know him to be 

For we have a Father almighty in love 

Who cares for His own perfectly. 

Our Papa would say not to honor "his day" 
Or hold him too high in our thought, 
For Papa loved God as the Father of all, 
The One who salvation has brought. 

So give to your daddy the honor that's due, 
But remember the Father above. 
He is the One who can carry you through, 
So perfect in power and love. 

He sent the Lord Jesus to die in our stead; 
He gave us a mother and dad. 
He gives to us daily our portion of bread 
And saves us from sin, makes us glad. --L.C. 



How Much I Owe 

How much I owe to love divine! 
He left His home of joy sublime 
To suffer on the cruel tree, 
Providing grace and pardon free. 
How much I owe! 

How much I owe a Savior blest! 
He fills my soul with peace and rest; 
He cleansed my heart, expelled each foe, 
And gave me songs instead of woe. 
How much I owe! 

How much I owe my Father dear! 
He banished doubt and routed fear; 
He holds my hand and guides my ways 
And fills my heart with joyous praise. 
How much I owe! 

This debt I cannot comprehend- 
How much I owe Love-without-end! 
My life, my soul, heart, strength, and mind- 
A recompense too small I find- 
Lord, all is Thine! 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

Nathan and Kerry Royer (574) 862-1519 


Charity . . . Hopeth All Things 

"Time for break," Teacher said. Charity looked up, 
surprised that it was time for break already. When Teacher 
dismissed her row, she went to get a drink. Stacy came to get a 
drink, too. Then, arm-in-arm, the two girls walked out to the 
playground. Outside the door, they passed the big boys. Just 
as they walked past them, the boys started laughing loudly. 

"Uh-oh," Stacy said. "They're telling dirty jokes again, I 
just know it." 

f T hope not," Charity said. "They were so sorry about 
telling them before, I"m just sure they wouldn f t do it again. 
Probably it is just something funny that happened." 

The girls ran to the slide for a few quick trips down it before 
Teacher came out to play dodgeball with them. Kimberly and 
Rosa came to take a few slides, too. 

"You know what?" Kimberly said.. "I saw Tyler cheating 
this morning. He was looking up answers in his book. " 

"Oh, I hope not," Charity said quickly. "I don't think Tyler 
would do that." 

"Come, girls," Teacher called. Charity, Rosa, Stacy, and 
Kimberly ran to play dodgeball with the other children. 

"Lyndal, throw the ball!" yelled TTiomas. "TTirow it at 
Rosa, quick!" 

Lyndal threw the ball at Rosa as hard as he could. It hit 
Rosa in the back as she ran away, and knocked her down flat on 
the ground. She just lay there as still as could be. 

"Oh, I hope she's not hurt!" cried Charity. 

Teacher went to Rosa and bent over her. "Rosa," she said. 
Rosa stirred a little but didn't answer. "Rosa, can you answer 
me?" Teacher asked. Rosa turned her head and nodded, but her 
nose was scratched and bleeding. Teacher carefully helped 



Rosa up and into the schoolhouse. She washed Rosa's face 
gently and got the bleeding stopped. Charity came in and 
watched silently as Teacher took care of Rosa. 

"Oh, I hope you'll be all right/' Charity told Rosa as they 
walked to Rosa's desk. 

f T think she will be," Teacher said. "Do you want to stay in 
with her while I go back to the playground?" 

"Sure," Charity answered. As she sat with Rosa during the 
rest of the break, she thought, "Charity beareth all things, 
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." IVe 
sure had a lot to hope for just during this breaktime. I hope the 
big boys were not telling dirty jokes again. I hope Tyler wasn't 
cheating. I hope Rosa will be okay. And I hope no one else 
gets hurt playing dodgeball. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VOL. 50 , JULY, 2003 No. 7 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Help me to be holy, O Father of light; 
Guilt-burdened and lowly, I bow in Thy sight; 

How shall a stained conscience 

Dare gaze on Thy face, 
Fen though in Thy presence Thou grant me a place? 

Help me to be holy, O Saviour divine; 
Why conquer so slowly this nature of mine? 

Stamp deeply Thy likeness 

Where Satan's hath been; 
Expel with Thy brightness my darkness and sin! 

Help me to be holy, O Spirit divine; 
Come, sanctify wholly this temple of Thine; 

Now cast out each idol, 

Here set up Thy throne, 
Reign, reign without rival, supreme and alone. 

Adoniram Judson Gordon, 1836-1895 
From The Christian Hymnary 

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Pain and suffering in the body make it plain how needy we 
are. Little Elbert Huffman pulled over a cup of hot water and 
suffers from burns on his face and body. Hospitalized for five 
days, this two year old cannot understand that God has a 
purpose in allowing His dear children to hurt. Even for the 
parents, it is difficult. But God promises to be with us and to 
allow not one bit of trouble more than we can bear. 

Christians have a refuge the world knows nothing about. In 
times of trouble, people need a hiding place of security and 
peace. We have this in our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one 
spoken of throughout the Old and New Testaments as the 
strong tower, the rock, the secret place. He is not separate 
from the Father but is one in a sense the human mind can only 
believe and marvel at. Belief is the requirement for using this 
place of refuge. To doubt is to lose the comfort God intends 
for us to have. 

Where else but in God can we find comfort and relief? The 
song says: Where could I go, 

Needing a refuge for my soul.? 
Needing a friend to help me in the end, 
Where could I go but to the Lord? 

The Psalm writer Asaph has a similar plea: (Psalm 73:25) 
"Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth 
that I desire beside thee." Truly, is there any other place of 
comfort? We have friends. Medical technology to relieves 
pain. We treasure these helps. But the comfort of God goes 
beyond any human sympathy. He alone can order and carry 
out. Elderly Lucia shakes so much she can hardly eat or help 
herself She tries to believe but complains, "If only He could 


stop this shaking! How can God hear a milli on prayers at once? 
You try it!" I could confidently answer, "I can't, but God can." 

The apostles knew enough about Jesus to make them 
dissatisfied with any other way. When many were leaving Him 
because He told them the truth about His flesh and blood, He 
asked His twelve apostles, "Will ye also go away?" Peter 
answered for the twelve (and for us), "Lord, to whom shall we 
go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are 
sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." 

Sometimes the cares and troubles press upon us in a way 
that seems unbearable. When our children suffer, it can be 
almost worse than when we are suffering ourselves. 

Last evening a young robin must have fallen from the nest. 
The parent birds were wild in their alarm, and there was little 
we could do to help. Besides that, the cats were aware of an 
opportunity. The birds did not trust me as I tried to set their 
baby up high. Night fell and the little one was still unharmed. I 
hope it found use of its wings in time to escape. It reminded me 
of Romans 8:22: "For we know that the whole creation 
groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." 

When we see our children in pain, let us remember Jesus at 
Calvary. How much did our Heavenly Father suffer when He 
allowed the soldiers to nail His Son to the cross? What anguish 
to the divine mind, infinitely more sensitive that ours, when 
Jesus cried, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" 
What love He has for us! 

When someone endures trials similar to ours, we feel we 
have much in common. We can share. And when we know 
God suffered more than we ever have, we can confide in Him 
and know He understands. This can be help through pain, 
through anguish for our loved ones, and through temptation. 
He "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." 
But temptation is one thing; pain is another. Not really, hi 
every trial, the temptation is to doubt, or give up, or to indulge 


in self-pity, or to think that God has deserted us. A young 
prisoner who was about to be released confided that he would 
be going back into the same poor home with its problems and 
temptations that he had before. He had trusted the Lord and 
been baptized in prison. God is able for even this problem. 

In every trial-- suffering, disappointment, temptation, 
discouragement— let us never sin nor charge God foolishly. Job 
didn't, and look what he endured: loss of his riches, death of all 
his children, discouraging taunts from his wife, and finally the 
loss of his own health. 

Hebrews 12:4-6: "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, 
striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation 
which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not 
thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art 
rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and 
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." 

Lord, if it demonstrates Your love for us, let trials come, let 
storms and temptations sweep. Only let us be true and trust 
Your holy will — L.C. 


Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church was held June 
6, 7, and 8, 2003, in the Mountain View Meeting House located 
near Tuolumne, California. Brethren and sisters, family and 
friends gathered from Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, and California. 
Experienced by all was a wonderful time of worship, 
instruction, fellowship, and encouragement. 
Council day on Friday opened with a warm welcome to all 
present, with special mention made of the numerous young 
people in attendance. The reading of Acts 15 was followed by 
messages from the Brethren. Emphasis was placed on the 
Church of Jesus Christ and His promise that "the gates of hell 


will not prevail against it." A reminder of the sacrifice of those 
in our own heritage and a brief history of the Brethren 
movement served to encourage all to be faithful. Community, 
commitment, and discipline are all attributes of the Church of 
Jesus Christ. We are accountable, and every member should 
feel obligated to present and prove the eternal truths of God's 
Word. A genuine Christian love relationship cannot be 
destroyed. . .and there will be a faithfiil Church when Jesus 
comes again. We want to be part of it! 

Greetings of love from the eastern Brethren were extended. 
Comments from Acts 15 included the principle that while 
problems do arise in the Church, there is always a solution that 
results in blessing. The pattern given for problem resolution 
includes liberty, purity of heart, and love, all of which we must 
employ today. We face an adversary that appeals to the flesh, 
yet we have a greater power than that: the Holy Spirit. 

No formal questions or business items were presented for 
the Brotherhood's consideration. However, there was a lengthy 
discussion centering on the use of computers in our homes 
(particularly the Internet). Comments from both the laity and 
officiating brethren reinforced the ever-present need for 
diligence in each of our lives and in our homes. Technology 
and issues change, but God's standard has not. We also 
recognize that there is an enemy, Satan, whose purpose to 
destroy has not changed either. 

Particularly (but by no means exclusively) for young people, the 
temptations of today's entertainment are now easily accessible. 
Emphasized was the responsibility and duty of parents to 
control and monitor these influences in the home. Access 
passwords, filters, time limits, and simply not using the 
computer are all possible solutions to this problem. Comments 
from the members included strong warnings to men of the 
insidious threat to our moral lives that comes with this 
technology. Daily prayer, meditation in the Word, and being 


accountable to others were offered as suggestions to counter 
this. If the Internet is not truly needed (such as in business), its 
disuse should be seriously considered. The fact that often much 
time is wasted in games and such was a concern. Rules are not 
the answer to this (and other) problems, but rather a 
dependence on God, personal conviction, and holiness in each 
of our lives. The absolute importance of parents 1 being a 
consistent example themselves was a powerful reminder of our 
duty to our children. Parents, take heed! 

Scriptures presented to help us in this area were as follows: 
I Thessalonians 5:21-23: "Prove all things; hold fast that 
which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the 
very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your 
whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the 
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. " 

Psalm 101:2-3: " I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. 
O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house 
with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine 
eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave 

Colossians 2:6-8: "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus 
the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and 
stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein 
with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through 
philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the 
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." 
Galatians 6:7-8: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for 
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that 
soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that 
soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And 
let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall 
reap, if we faint not." 

Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of 
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 


There was also some discussion of the Brethren's position 
regarding labor unions. Members were urged not to join such. 
These organizations often are corrupt and do not employ Godly 
standards of conduct for their members. To place ones self 
under the authority of this type of organization is not wise and 
can lead to being placed in positions of compromise. It was 
stated that sometimes membership in labor unions is optional 
with employers. 

The simple and powerful message of the cross of Christ 
followed the reading of Isaiah 53 on Saturday morning. The 
place of the cross was one of rejection, pain, agony, suffering, 
scorn, and death; yet this is where God's love shown brightest. 
The person of the cross is Jesus Christ our Savior, Jesus was 
perfect, sinless, patient in suffering, forgiving, and obedient to 
the Father's will. He is the One who teaches us to go to 
Gethsemane to ask for the Father's perfect will and the strength 
to do it. The purpose of the cross. . .why? Because He loved. 
To pay the penalty for our sins. To satisfy the righteousness of 
God. To redeem us. 

How blessed we are, and what confident assurance we can 
have! Because of the cross and the One who died there, we can 
face death. Our love and service to Christ for what He has 
done is best expressed in our love to others and each other. 

In the evening, forty-nine sisters and forty brethren attended 
self-examination, feet washing, and the Lord's supper. These 
simple, yet powerful reminders of our obligation to the Lord 
and each other again served to help emphasize our privilege and 
duty as Christians. Communion followed with the solemn 
remembrance of our Lord's suffering and death and the 
partaking of the bread and cup together. One was made to 
meditate on the stark contrast to the world and its empty 

Lord's Day morning worship centered on true values and 
wise choices. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his 


righteousness" is a timeless call to young people and all of us. 
Preaching followed with special emphasis on the gift of the 
Holy Spirit to the Church at Pentecost. 

The power of the Holy Spirit is in the world today working 
in God's people, and the gift; of the God's Spirit was a 
continuation of God's plan for redemption. Our relationship 
and responsibility to each other through love and service proves 
the reality of the Holy Spirit; exhibition and exaltation of 
individuals does not. While the Holy Spirit cannot be 
purchased, He is available to all and is promised to those that 
obey God. Only in continued submission to the Lord can we 
live holy lives and truly witness for Him. This is what governs 
the Kingdom of God, not legislation. 

The meetings closed with prayer to our Heavenly Father for 
continued guidance, wisdom, and direction. The California 
congregation thanks all that came from across tlie brotherhood 
along with our local visitors. Your presence was a blessing and 
great encouragement. Though this was the first lovefeast 
meeting held in the Mountain View meeting house in California, 
we trust that it will not be the last. May God bless and keep us 
all in His love until Jesus returns. 

Lloyd Wagner 
Modesto, California 


Schwarzenau Baptism (continued) 

The eight who were convinced of their course proceeded to 
organize and accomplish the first baptism they had been 
discussing and praying about. Alexander Mack, Jr. later 
published the following account given to him by his father: 

"It pleased the good God in His mercy, early in the 
beginning of this (18th) century to support His ! grace that 


bringeth salvation, and which hath appeared to all men,' by 
many a voice calling them to awake and repent, so that thereby 
many were aroused from the sleep and death of sin. These 
began to look around them for the truth and righteousness, as 
they are in Jesus, but had soon to see with sorrowful eyes the 
great decay (of true Christianity) almost in every place. From 
this lamentable state of things they were pressed to deliver 
many a faithful testimony of truth, and here and there private 
meetings were established besides the public church 
organization, in which newly- awakened souls sought their 
edification. Upon this the hearts of the rulers were embittered 
by an envious priesthood, and persecutions were commenced in 
various places, as in Switzerland, Wuxtemburg, the Palatinate, 
Hesse, and other places. 

"To those persecuted and exiled persons the Lord pointed 
out a place of refuge, or a little 'Pella,' in the land of 
Wittgenstein, where at that time ruled a mild count, and where 
some pious countesses dwelt. Here liberty of conscience was 
granted at Schwarzenau, which is within a few miles of 
Berleberg. And from this cause, though Wittgenstein is a poor 
and rough country, many people, and those of various kinds, 
collected at Schwarzenau, and this place, which had been but 
little esteemed, became so much changed that in a few years it 
became a place extensively known. 

"Those who were brought together there from the 
persecutions, though they were distinguished by different 
opinions, and also differed in manners and customs, were still, 
at first, all called Pietists, and they among themselves called 
each other brother. But very soon it appeared that the words of 
Christ, Matthew 18, where He says, "If thy brother shall 
trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and 
him alone," etc., could not be reduced to a proper Christian 
practice, because there was no regular order yet established in 
the church. Therefore some returned again to the religious 


denominations from which they had come out, because they 
would not be subjected to a more strict Christian discipline; and 
to others it appeared that the spiritual liberty was carried too 
far, which was thought to be more dangerous than the religious 
organizations they had left. 

"Under these circumstances, some felt themselves drawn 
powerftdly to seek the footsteps of the primitive Christians, and 
desired earnestly to receive in faith the ordained testimonies of 
Jesus Christ according to their true value. At the same time, 
they were internally and strongly impressed with the necessity 
of the obedience of faith to a soul that desired to be saved. And 
this impression also led them at the time to the mystery of water 
baptism, which appeared unto them as a door into the church, 
which was what they so earnestly sought. Baptism, however, 
was spoken of among the Pietists in very different ways, and the 
manner in which it was sometimes spoken of caused pain to the 
heart of those that loved the truth. 

"Finally, in the year 1708, eight persons consented together 
to enter into a covenant of a good conscience with God, to take 
up all the commandments of Jesus Christ as an easy yoke, and 
thus to follow the Lord Jesus, their good and faithful Shepherd, 
in joy and sorrow, as His true sheep, even unto a blessed end. 
These eight persons were as follows, namely, five brethren and 
three sisters. The five brethren were George Grebe from 
Hesse-Cassel, the first; Lucas Vetter, likewise from Hessia, the 
second; the third was Alexander Mack from the Palatinate of 
Schriesheim, between Mannheim and Heidelberg; the fourth 
was Andrew Bony of Basle in Switzerland; the fifth, John 
Kipping from Bareit in Wurtemberg. The three sisters were 
Joanna Noethiger or Bony, the first; Anna Margaretha Mack, 
the second; and Joanna Kipping, the third. 

"These eight persons covenanted and united together as 
brethren and sisters into the covenant of the cross of Jesus 
Christ to form a church of Christian believers. And when they 


had found in authentic histories, that the primitive Christians, hi 
the first and second centuries, uniformly, according to the 
command of Christ, were planted into the death of Jesus Christ 
by a three-fold immersion into the water-bath of holy baptism, 
they examined diligently the New Testament, and finding all 
perfectly harmonizing therewith, they were anxiously desirous 
to use the means appointed and practiced by Christ Himself, and 
thus according to His own salutary counsel, go forward to the 
fulfillment of all righteousness. 

"Now the question arose, who should administer the work 
externally unto them? One of their number, (This was Mack 
himself.) who was a leader and speaker of the Word in their 
meetings, had visited, in sincere love, different congregations of 
Baptists in Germany, most of which admitted the holy baptism, 
when performed by an immersion in water and out of love to 
Christ, was indeed right; but they would also, besides this, 
maintain that pouring of a handful of water might also do very 
well, provided all else would be right. 

"The conscience, however, of them (the brethren) could not 
be satisfied with this. They therefore demanded of him, who led 
in preaching the Word, to immerse them, according to the 
example of the primitive and best Christians, upon their faith. 
But he, considering himself as unbaptized, required first to be 
baptized of some one of them before he should baptize another. 
So they concluded to unite in fasting and prayer, in order to 
obtain of Christ Himself; the founder of all His ordinances, a 
direction and opening in this matter; for he who was requested 
to baptize the other, wanted to be baptized by the church of 
Christ, and the rest had the same desire. 

"Li this their difficulty they were encouraged by the words 
of Christ who has said so faithfully, 'Where two or three are 
gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 1 
With such confidence in the precious and sure promise of God, 
they, under fasting and prayer, cast lots to learn which of the 


four brethren should baptize that brother who so anxiously 
desired to be baptized by the church of Christ. They mutually 
pledged their word that no one should ever divulge who among 
them had baptized first (according to the lot), in order to cut off 
all occasion of calling them after any man, because they had 
found that such foolishness had already been reproved by Paul 
in his writing to the Corinthians. 

"Being thus prepared, the eight went out together one 
morning, in solitude, to a stream called the Eder, and the 
brother, upon whom the lot had fallen, baptized first that 
brother who desired to be baptized by the church of Christ, and 
when he was baptized, he baptized him by whom he had been 
baptized, and the remaining three brethren and three sisters. 
Thus these eight were all baptized at an early hour of the 

"And after all had come up out of the water, and had 
changed their garments, they were also at the same time made 
to rejoice with great inward joyfulness, and by grace they were 
deeply impressed with these significant words: 'Be fruitful and 
multiply! 1 This occurred in the year 1708, but of the day of the 
month or week, they have left no record. 
"After this the said eight persons were more and more 
powerfully strengthened in their obedience to the faith they had 
adopted, and were enabled to testify publicly in their meetings 
to the truth; and the Lord granted them His special grace, so 
that still more became obedient to the faith, and thus, within 
seven years' time, namely to the year 1715, there was not only 
in Schwarzenau a large church, but, here and there in the 
Palatinate, there were lovers of the truth, and especially was this 
the case in Marienborn, where a church was gathered; for the 
church in the Palatinate was persecuted, and its members then 
came to Marienborn. And, when the church here became large, 
it was also persecuted, Then those that were persecuted 


collected in Crefeld, where they found liberty under the king of 
Prussia. " (From A History of the Brethren pp. 35-41, 

by Martin Grove Brumbaugh) -L. C. 

Bradley Royer was baptized May 25 near Wakarusa. He 
was welcomed into the Indiana congregation. We pray that he 
will be faithful in the service of Jesus. 

Chad Meyers and Jessica Cover were married June 5 near 
Tuolumne, California. New Address: 2656 205th St. 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 
Allan Hilty and Carletta Huflman were married June 14 near 
Bradford, Ohio. Address: 4375 Palestine-Hollandsburg Rd. 

New Madison, OH 45346 
(937) 548-7376 

COVER - Tommi Michelle, born September 5, 1999, and 
adopted May 1, 2003, by Joseph and Sherry Cover of 
Tuolumne, California. 

STALTER - Aaron Joseph, born May 23 to Stephen and 
Lorenda Stalter of Nappanee, Indiana. 

ALBERS - Christopher Mark, born June 13 to Andrew and 
Melanie Albers of Mount Olive, Mississippi. 


Reuben Royer: (574)633-4606 



A Secure Haven 

God never meant for IBs children 
Alone to drift out on life's sea. 
His plan is for brotherhood's union 
A secure and safe haven to be. 

And in this dear shelter I'm finding 
Sure guidance through storms that surround; 
Loving hands lift my feet up to safety 
On the Rock, and in Him light abounds. 

Abiding in Him there's no drifting, 
Though the storms all around me may roar. 
In His fold, the true Church, there's no shifting, 
Though the sands may be tossed on the shore. 

For the Rock is secure and unchanging, 
Firm, regardless of tempest and gale. 
I depend on this wondrous Foundation, 
For I know that He never can fail. 

And all I need fear is to wander 
Away from this Blessed Retreat; 
Here protection against this I'm finding 
In the Body of Christ, as is meet. 

Accountable now to God's family- 
Oh, precious security there! 
For when I am tempted to wander, 
Kind hands guide with warm, loving care. 

No longer uncertain to wonder 
Just what are right choices to make; 
In this family, life becomes simple, 
As the broad, winding road we forsake. 


The narrow road is uphill climbing, 

But supported with brotherhood there, 

Abiding in Christ there is power- 

The strength that's found only through prayer. 

Susanna Tate, Mishawaka, Indiana 


Charity. . . Endureth All Things 

"Here's your dress, Charity/' Mother said. 'T patched it as 
neatly as I could, but a big rip like that can hardly be mended so 
it doesn't show." 

"Thank you, Mother, for fixing it. It's still a new dress and 
it's really pretty. It'll be fun to wear it for a school dress." 
Charity began putting the dress on as Mother left her room. 
Very soon she ran down the stairs to the kitchen and began 
doing her morning chores. She set the table for breakfast, 
packed her lunch box, and mixed orange juice. Then Mother 
was ready to comb her hair. Together, Mother and Charity 
repeated, "Beareth all things, believeth all tilings, hopeth all 
things, endureth all things" several times so Charity could 
remember it better. 

When Charity arrived at school, the other girls exclaimed 
about her pretty dress. Just then Thomas and Tyler walked past 
and snickered. "A bee-u-tee-ful dress," Thomas laughed, "but 
look at the patch in it. Hmmm! I didn't know we had such 
poor people going to our school." The two boys walked on, 
laughing loudly. 

"Hey, let's get a game started," Kimberly said. "Charity 
and I will pick teams. You pick first, Charity," she said. 

"I'll choose. . .uh. . .Thomas," Charity said. 

"Thomas? After what he just said?" Kimberly was 
surprised at Charity's choice. 

"I can still love him," Charity said, 
didn't hurt me." 

"What he said really 

After school that day, Mother picked Charity up and they 
went shopping. While in one of the stores, Charity noticed two 
girls staring at her. Then the girls began to point at her and 
giggle. Charity thought it must be the patch they were laughing 
at, but then the girls came closer and started saying, "Long hair, 
long dress; long hair, long dress," over and over. 

When Charity first heard what they were saying, she was 
embarrassed and wanted to hide. Then she decided to smile at 
them so she turned around and gave the girls a big, friendly 
smile. "Hi, my name is Charity. What are your names?" she 

Now it was those two girls who were embarrassed and 
wanted to hide. They turned around and went away. Charity 
really wished they would have talked to her. She knew Mother 
would say that's what she should do to show that she "endured 
all tilings." 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 




VOL. 50 AUGUST, 2003 ; No. 8 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


How good, we think, if life would be 
A smooth and calm, unbroken sea; 
We tend to think of grief and pain 
As only loss and not as gain. 
But God has such a different view 
Of all our life— of all we do, 
And, in His wisdom, He doth know 
That hardships help His children grow. 

We would not choose the mountains steep; 
Close to an easier path we'd keep; 
Refining fire holds no appeal; 
The furnace heat we would not feel. 
But God, in love, our way doth choose, 
And every grief and pain doth use 
To bring us up to higher ground 
Where sweetest fellowship is found. 

How comforting it is to know, 
When tempests rage and strong winds blow, 
That God has said He'll ne'er forsake, 
And through the storm a way He'll make. 
Though our frail bark is tempest-tossed, 
And we may feel that all is lost, 
May this assurance calm our breast: 
God always knows and does what's best 

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Someday the reason why well see 
That now our path must rugged be. 
It all will seem so very clear, 
And we will no more doubt nor fear, 
For love and praise will fill our breast 
That God did know and do what's best. 
Through furnace heat, through pain untold. 
We will come forth as purest gold. 

Lord give us faith that will not shrink 
When standing close upon the brink 
Of trials sore—of pain and loss, 
Of what appears a bitterest cross; 
And fix our eyes and hopes on Thee 
That we Thy face may one day see. 
Oh, blissful joy to rest at last 
With all life's sufferings now past! 
Elizabeth Royer 
Mishawaka, Indiana 


"I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all 
the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant. . . " (Gen. 

These were the words of Jacob after he left Laban with his 
wives and children, and before he met Esau. He was afraid of 
Esau, and he pled with God for deliverance. He reminded God 
of the promise made to Abraham and repeated to Jacob—to 


make his seed "as the sand of the sea." And now Jacob feared 
for his life. 

We too are facing an uncertain fixture. Enemies would 
hinder the promises of God in our lives. We too have wives 
and children to protect. Will we cower in fear, or will we trust 
our mighty Lord who said, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world." 

Today many call Jacob a deceiver— one who took unfair 
advantage of others. We don't need to defend any of his wrong 
actions, but those around him were also in error. His mother 
put him up to deceiving Isaac to get Esau's blessing. Isaac 
himself was about to ignore God's choice of Jacob and bless 
Esau who was a profane man, who despised and sold his 
birthright even though he wept when he couldn't have it. 
Laban, Jacob's father-in-law, was not fair to Jacob in many of 
their dealings including giving him the wrong daughter. 

The whole account simply reinforces the judgment of God 
on mankind: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory 
of God." "There is none righteous, no, not one." God had 
perfect right to choose Jacob over Esau as one through whom 
He would fulfill His promises. 

Before Jacob met Esau, he had a wrestling match with a 
"man" who had miraculous powers. Strangely, Jacob won or at 
least held on "until the breaking of the day." He would not let 
go until he received a blessing. The "angel" changed Jacob's 
name to Israel (a prince of God) saying, "For as a prince hast 
thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." 

We have much in common with Jacob: we too are faulty 
and unworthy. But aside from God's promises to him, we have 
advantages Jacob didn't have. The Saviour has come. We have 
"a better covenant, which was established upon better 
promises." We, as sons and daughters, go in the power of the 
Holy Spirit and prevail by the grace of God. 


Let us trust and not be afraid. We must wrestle in prayer 
and hold on to God's promises. We need to rely on God's 
Word as our faithful standard. Above all, our focus should be 
on Jesus and His plan for us needy Jacobs, If we will follow, 
He will lead and take us through every trial. But it will not be 
because we are worthy, but because He loves us as His 
children. — L.C. 


I don't know about you, but I have an idea that I am not the 
only one who struggles at times with the feeling, "IVe had 
enough pain. I just can't take any more! " 

One night I was sitting on the edge of my bed crying, and 
pleading, "Lord, IVe faced so much pain already—the pain when 
I had to leave home, the pain of coming Tiome' but coping with 
the absence of a father, the pain of Dad's rejection- Oh, 
Father, isn't it enough? Must I bear any more? Can't I have a 
break? Father, why?" 

Into my mind there seemed to come a picture—a picture of a 
Man, bearing a cross on His back-a back torn, bleeding, 
lacerated by the cruel lashes of a soldier's whip— and the cross 
was rough-hewn, splintery wood. There was a crown on His 
head, but instead of glory, it added pain upon pain-for it was 
made of sharp, spiney thorns that bit deeply into His scalp, 
causing the blood to flow profusely. 

As He struggled along in the heat of the day, His step 
faltered and His weakened body crumpled and fell under the 
heavy load. Yet He did not complain-He went through it all, 
and we know the rest of the story. 

Why? Love, that's why. 

What if lesus had decided, as He carried the cross on His 
torn, bleeding back, that the pain was too great— that He 


couldn't go through—that He wouldn't die for us, miserable, 
greedy, unthankful sinners that we were? What if He had 
decided that it wasn't worthwhile to pour such love into us, 
when we couldn't even begin to fully comprehend or appreciate 
what it cost Him? What if He had just quietly slipped out from 
under the load and said, "I quit. That's enough." and gone 
back to Heaven? He could have. He had the power, and no 
man could have constrained Him. 

Why did He choose to go through? Love. 
That f s the only power that could do it. 
The thought was overwhelming. And my memory ran back 
to those dark, hopeless days, when in confusion I even 
questioned His reality. He didn't forsake me even then. He was 
there all the time, guiding, helping, lifting, supporting, leading, 
loving, even when I was too numb with grief and weariness to 
see it. 

He brought me out of the deep, dark pit of despair and led 
me into the light of His love, the joy of fellowship with His 
people, the things my hungry heart had so long desired. 

A sense of unworthiness swept over me: "Oh Father, how 
could I complain? YouVe borne so much more for me! I don't 
deserve Your love and mercy, Lord. I owe it to You to bear 
the trials I face without murmuring; they really are so small in 
light of Calvary! Help me to trustingly submit to Your working 
even when I don't understand." 

A familiar poem by an unknown author came to mind: 
It matters not if cherished friends 

On whom I leaned in vain, 
Have wounded me in word or deed 

And left me with great pain. 
What matters is, can I forgive 

Again, and yet again? 
It's not, "Have they been true?" 

But, Lord, have I been true to them? 


Twill matter not when evening comes 

How rough the road IVe trod, 
If only I have walked with Him, 

And led some soul to God. 
For when I wake to be like Him 

Who saved me by His grace, 
Earth f s pain will vanish when I catch 

One glimpse of His dear face. 

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not 
worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in 
us. 11 (Rom 8: 18) 

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh 
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." (II 
Cor. 4:17) 

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched 
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted 
like as we are, yet without sin." (Heb. 4:15) 

He feels for our pain and our need with a perfect 

A poem sent by a dear friend during our time of upheaval 
two years ago, has been a special comfort and encouragement 
for us: 

God never wastes His children's work, 
Though our great plans may fade. 
And though our work on earth be burnt, 
In dust and ashes laid. 
God's Word holds true, and we may trust 
The promise He has made: 
That those who labor for the Lord 
Shall surely be repaid. 


God never wastes His children's tears 
Though weep we all night long, 
And wonder why our lot must fall 
In grief instead of song. 
But every tear God's bottle keeps; 
He knows when things go wrong, 
And His great handkerchief will wipe 
Tears all away ere long. 

God never wastes His children's pain. 

Their sufferings He sees. 

He felt the nails, and He is touched 

By our infirmities. 

So often healing is denied 

Till death our spirit frees, 

But God has grace and reasons 

For these aching mysteries. 

God never wastes His children's prayers, 

Though sometimes long we wait, 

And sometimes what we wish is quite 

Denied by seeming fate. 

But in His will our every prayer 

Ascends to Heaven's gate. 

They'll be remembered and outpoured 

And our reward be great! -by Anna Lucas 

(Written after hearing of Elbert Huffinaris accident.) 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

Each problem has in it an opportunity that dwarfs the problem. 




Have you ever noticed the way God multiplies your faith 
when you begin praising Him? There are times when it is more 
important to praise God than to pray to Him a prayer of 
intercession. Praise lifts your eyes from your circumstances to 
your almighty Father who is Ruler over all. Not one 
circumstance in your life can come without His permission, and 
that means that He has a way of causing it to work together 
with other things for His glory and your good. 

Praise lifts your eyes from the battle to the victory, for 
Christ is already Victor; and though we do not yet see all things 
under His feet, they are there (Heb. 2:8; Eph. 1:22) in a divine 
reality. When you need faith, there are two steps to take— go to 
God's Word, and begin praising Him. These two go together as 
naturally as hydrogen and oxygen together make water. Stop 
worrying, fearing; try praising. Do you need faith? PRAISE 

If you want a new fountain of joy to spring up in your soul, 
start praising God. God's Word tells us that He places a song in 
our hearts. If we are not singing Christians, we are 
disappointing God. God wants His people to begin His 
worship, to approach Him with praise. "Enter into his gates 
with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. . ." (Psalm 
100:4) All the graces of the Holy Spirit grow much better in a 
happy heart. 

In each crisis when God meets the soul in a new way, He 
brings unspeakable joy, new peace, a touch of His glory, and 
praise is as inevitable as water flowing from a fountain. 
Whenever the clouds of darkness begin to hide God's loving 
face, praise is the quickest way through to His glorious light 
again. Is your spiritual life lacking in joy? Be sure that there is 


no hidden sin, and then just start praising God. PRAISE THE 

Have yon ever realized that God's answers to your prayers 
are at times delayed by your lack of praise to God? Have you 
seen God remove insurmountable difficulties and obstructions in 
answer to praise? Did you know that you can often rout Satan 
faster by praise than in any other way? Have you experienced 
the effectiveness of praise and fasting? Did you know that 
bodies have been healed, demons have been cast out, and peace 
restored to troubled hearts by simply praising the Lord? 

Oh hungry-hearted, struggling child of God, oh saint of God 
battling the forces of darkness, oh interceding prayer warrior, 
this may be God's message to you! Look up just now and begin 
to praise God. PRAISE THE LORD! 

There is scarcely a spiritual conflict without prayer; but how 
often do we, like Judah under Jehoshaphat (II Chron. 20:20- 
21), march into battle doing nothing but believing and praising? 
Oh, my Christian brothers and sisters, let us begin to praise God 
more. Praise changes things, and praise will transform you! 

There is, at times, a deep sacrifice in praise when we must 
praise God though tears be in our eyes and all we can say is, 
"The Lord gave, the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name 
of the Lord." But sweet music like fragrant perfume arises from 
a life of suffering which is nevertheless filled with praise. 

No doubt you today are facing situations not of your 
choosing. Can you look up just now out of your Gethsemane 
and still say, PRAISE THE LORD? 

Praise will sweeten and hallow all that it touches. Praise 
will kindle a new faith. Praise will fan the sparks of your 
smouldering love into a flaming love for God. Praise will start 
the joybells ringing in your soul and you will have a little touch 
of heaven in your heart. Praise will pierce through the 
darkness, will dynamite away long-standing obstructions, and 
will strike terror in the heart of Satan. 


We have praised God a little and occasionally; let us praise 
Him more and more. We have praised God in the past; look up 
to heaven just now and praise your mighty Redeemer. Praise 
Him for His love and faithfulness; praise Him for His power and 
goodness. He is worthy of all praise; let us praise Him now! 

Adapted from a tract by Wesley Duewel 


The First Eight 

"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will 
I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 

What kind of people were the eight (five brethren and three 
sisters) who made up the little company of believers beginning 
the Brethren Church? To baptize adults and organize a 
completely new fellowship would certainly bring hardship as the 
authorities of state and state church both would try to stop 
them. Those who stood for the truth in this way needed 
courage as well as faith and trust in God. 

We have seen the background of Alexander Mack and his 
wife Anna Margaret. The other six were George Grebe, Lucas 
Vetter, Andrew Boni, John Kipping, Joanna Noethiger (or 
Boni), and Joanna Kipping. 


Considered a rich man in 1700, George Grebe and his wife 
were very poor nine years later in Schwartzenau. Grebe was a 
court gunsmith from Kassel. We know some things about him 
because in 1700 he was a devout Pietist who opened his home 
to other sincere Christians, and especially to a noble lady. 


Lady Clara Elizabeth von Callenberg (1675-1742) was born 
into nobility near Kassel. Slie and her four sisters were 
converted or "awakened 11 by the ministry of Swiss Pietist 
Samuel Konig. Since becoming Pietist was a disgrace in the 
eyes of their family, the five sisters left home and stayed for a 
time with George Grebes. The sisters became involved with a 
radical group, but returned again to devout Pietism. Lady Clara 
traveled to Schwartzenau where she had heard she could retire 
from the worldly living expected of noble ladies. There she 
could also find freedom and fellowship with other Pietists. 

Meanwhile Grebe and his wife also moved to Schwartzenau 
where they lived in poverty in a small hut. We imagine that his 
riches had been spent helping other Pietists or perhaps 
confiscated by persecuting authorities. 

Lady Callenberg again stayed with the Grebes. They 
received her lovingly, but since they had only one room and 
Grebe's wife was near childbirth, Lady Callenberg was given a 
place in the attic. Though it shocked her noble family that she 
climbed to the loft "every night like a hen," she was content. 
She valued her faith in Christ and her Pietist brethren and sisters 
more than any comforts she could have in "noble" living. She 
worked at spinning to earn her own way. What a lesson for any 
who value riches and high living! (See I Timothy 6:6-11.) 

It was George Grebe and Alexander Mack who wrote to 
Hochman for advice concerning their plans to form a body of 
believers. We know also that George Grebe sold his property 
in Schwartzenau and moved with the Brethren to Friesland in 

Like George Grebe, Lucas Vetter was from Hesse, 
Germany. We do not know just how he became a Pietist. 
Vetter was three years older than Mack, and he lived in 
Schwartzenau among the Brethren in 1708. hi May, 1715, 
Vetter sold his property at Schwartzenau and moved with his 


wife and four children to Krefeld. We know that he was a poor 
man as he was listed as one on relief in Krefeld. In September, 
1731, he and his family sailed to the New World and settled 
with the Brethren in Pennsylvania. (to be continued) — L.C. 


Ian Savage of Arcanum, Ohio, was baptized June 6. We 
pray that this young brother will be a faithful servant in the 
Kingdom of our Lord Jesus. 

POWELL - A son, Journey, born July 14 to Tom and Jodi 
Powell of Williamsport, Indiana, 

BEERY - A son, Joel Stephen, born July 20 to Daniel and 
Miriam Beery of Goshen, Indiana. 


Marvin Crawmer: Dale Commons 

3900 Dale Rd., Apt. 155 
Modesto, CA 95356 
(209) 525-9489 

Darin Crawmer: 17268 Overland Trail 

Sonora, CA 95370-8965 
Same phone number 

Nathan Royer: 26509 C.R 38 

Goshen, IN 46526 
Same phone number 

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; 

When health is lost, something is lost; 

When character is lost, all is lost. 





The first impression upon man after becoming accountable 
to God, is wrought by the Spirit of God, or otherwise called the 
drawing of the Father, and is intended to convince him of his 
sins. This the Apostle calls, "The grace of God which bringeth 
salvation." And it cannot be until the mind is susceptible or 
capable of being impressed. Hence innocent children are never 
included in these duties obligatory on the rational man, 
commanded in the Word of God. 

It is nothing but worldly sophistry and human absurdities to 
attempt to prove by Scriptures the necessity of including infants 
in the external ordinances of the Church of God; for concerning 
them the Saviour says, "of such is the kingdom of heaven," 
without these duties enjoined upon them. But when they grow 
to a mature age and the operating power of God is felt upon 
their hearts, and when it teaches them that "denying ungodly 
and worldly lusts," they must now live "soberly, righteously, 
and godly in this present world," they then become accountable 
to God because they know to do good, and if they do it not, it 
is sin unto them. 

Now the Word of God applies to them in regard to 
ordinances, and by the preaching of the same, they are called to 
come to the Friend of sinners, Jesus Christ, who is the "author 
of eternal salvation to all them that obey him." If that gracious 
call is rejected, they alienate themselves from God, forfeit their 
right to the kingdom of heaven, their heirship of God, and their 
interest in the blood of Christ. Refusal or disobedience to the 
call is the first willful and actual sin against God which 
excludes man from the kingdom of God. Man then becomes 
a servant of sin and a child of the wicked one and possesses a 


carnal mind which is enmity against God and is not subject 
to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Hence man must be 
born again. Available as a tract published by the 

Old Brethren Tract Committee 


If you can see a work which you have begun, taken from you 

and given to another without feeling bitterness— 
that is maturity. 

If you can listen to someone criticize you, even unkindly, and 

receive instruction from it without hard feelings— 
that is maturity. 

If you can see someone chosen for a job which you yourself are 

better qualified to do without feeling hurt- 
that is maturity. 

If you can see someone you know deliberately snub you and 

still make allowance for his actions— 
that is maturity. 

If you can suffer nagging pain or ache, still singing and praising 

God, hiding your feelings for the sake of others- 
that is maturity. 

If you can give yourself to help someone else who needs, 

without having the idea that you're a pretty good fellow- 
that is maturity. 

If you can crawl out of bed at an early hour, because you realize 

that here lies the power of God- 
that is maturity. 

If you can look upon every man as an object of God's yearning, 

so that you become burdened for his soul— 
that is maturity. 

Author unknown 
Selected by Regina Bayer 



Sammy the Sunflower 

Sammy was the biggest of several sunflowers planted at the 
edge of a small garden. He stood very straight and proud as he 
spread his many broad leaves wide and grew upward, foot by 

Below in the shade grew poor little Wally. He was the same 
kind of sunflower, but he was not strong. Yet he tried to grow 
straight, and he stretched his few pale leaves toward the 
sunlight as he grew upward, inch by inch. 

It was hard not to notice Sammy as he towered far above 
the other sunflowers, his great leaves and massive stalk glowing 
a deep, vibrant green. 

Wally was still so short and thin that a misstep could have 
crushed him. Yet he knew the time of growing was past. So he 
lifted small golden petals as he smiled bravely, and a little sadly, 
at the sun. 

Soon the leaves on the sunflowers began to brown and curl. 
Even Sammy f s wonderful stem began to yellow, and Waliys 
tired little head bowed low. 

Then the gardener came, lifted Waliys small face to the sun, 
and said with a smile, "Even the smallest sunflower of all has 
borne more good seed than it took to plant this whole row!" 
Then he added frowning up at Sammy, "And what did I get out 
of the biggest one but a headache! Now how am I going to get 
that monstrosity out of my garden?" 

You see, the seed Wally grew from produced more seeds 
which could grow into more sunflowers, but it would have been 
better if Sammy had never been planted. As big and strong as 
he was, he never did what he was planted to do: he never 
bloomed! His end was to rot on the scrap pile. 

Do you think you are better tlian others if you are stronger? 
Do you think you are worth less if you are short? Are these the 
things God cares about? No! He cares about what you do with 
what you have, and why you do it. 

"Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness 
delivereth from death." (Proverbs 10:2) 

"The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the 
wicked shall rot." (Proverbs 10:7) 

"When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the 
lowly is wisdom." (Proverbs 1 1:2) 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

Pilgrim^ awake to newborn life, 
Awake and gird thee for the strife; 
The Master calleth thee from sin, 
From worldly throng and evil din. 
Wilmer D. Swope in The Christian Hymnary 

Fi « ^ 


VOL. 50 SEPTEMBER. 2003 No. 9 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


We saw Thee not when Thou didst come 

To this poor world of sin and death; 

Nor yet beheld Thy cottage home, 

In that despised Nazareth; 

But we believe Thy footsteps trod 

Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God, 

We saw Thee not when lifted high, 
Amid that wild and savage crew; 
Nor heard we that imploring cry, 
"Forgive, they know not what they do! " 
But we believe the deed was done, 
That shook the earth and veiled the sun. 

We gazed not in the open tomb, 
Where once Thy mangled body lay; 
Nor saw Thee in the upper room, 
Nor met Thee on the open way; 
But we believe that angels said, 
"Why seek the living with the dead?" 

We walked not with the chosen few, 
Who saw Thee from the earth ascend; 
Who raised to heaven their wondering view, 
Then low to earth all prostrate bend; 
But we believe that human eyes 
Beheld the journey to the skies. 

Anne Richter, (d. 1857) 
From The Christian Hymnary 

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Where does it Re? Nearly all of us have it in some measure. 
I have observed some whose minds are deficient or whose 
bodies are out of order, and I have come away thinking, "That 
person surely has less responsibility than I have." 

Responsibility comes in degrees and different forms. Some 
are to learn, some to teach; some to tell, others to listen. Eph. 
6:1 reads, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord. . ." Verse 
4 says, "Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring 
them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Eph. 5:22: 
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the 
Lord." Verse 25 says, "Husbands, love your wives, even as 
Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." Eph. 6 
places responsibility on servants (or employees) and masters 
(employers). Besides these is our overall responsibility to God 
and even to unbelievers. 

I notice that older ones tend to be critical of the youth, and 
p erhap s the youth become imp atient with their p arents 1 
generation. But in these last days it is increasingly vital that we 
accept responsibility and not point at others. Oh, if we could 
just have the mind of Christ-that humility that makes us 
teachable and aware of our own weakness! 

When we older ones see the faults of the youth, we need to 
accept our responsibility and know that they are just what we 
have made them to be. Are we spiritual people? Is Jesus Christ 
our Lord and Master? Or are we letting the world dictate our 
thinking and our practice? We see standards changing, and we 
must question our right (in some areas at least) to be called 
"plain people." Or is it necessary that Christians look different, 
think differently, or differ in spending and daily living? Is it so 


important that we be "plain"? We should just let the Bible and 
the Holy Spirit be our guide and not compare ourselves among 
ourselves. Paul writes to Timothy of "modest apparel" and 
"shamefacedness and sobriety" and warns against gold, pearls, 
costly array. (I Tim. 2:9,10) In similar words Peter warns 
against "plaiting the hair" and "outward adorning," and tells that 
the "ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God 
of great price." God values these and so should we. 

It is gratifying to see our young people interested in service 
work. See the account of their trip to Mexico in this issue. I 
love our young folks. But because of that love I need to 
express some fatherly concerns. In the following comments, we 
may seem to focus too much on the girls. But the same 
principles apply to boys. Who sets our patterns? Who dictates 
our attitudes? 

We are glad for longer dresses, but sad to realize that this 
trend is the result of "style" and not necessarily modesty. Long, 
tight dresses seem to need an immodest slit so the wearer can 
walk. Mothers, is this in your area of responsibility? Colors 
and patterns now common used to be regarded as too flashy for 
Christians. In school we had some discussions on the color red. 
"What is wrong with red?" God wants us to enjoy color, seeing 
He made the beautiful roses, sunsets, colorful birds. But does 
He want us to use it to call attention to ourselves when He calls 
us to be modest? The wool, cotton, linen, and synthetic fabrics 
we have for our clothes are neutral colors. The bright colors 
need to be added. The skins with which God clothed Adam and 
Eve were of modest color. Red and other flashy colors and 
patterns for clothing come from the modern designers that cater 
to a worldly market. They draw attention where God says we 
should be modest. Let us consider our motives in choosing 
how we appear to those around us. One sister told of a jacket 
she had owned— tan on one side and red on the other. She 
usually wore the tan side out. Once, because she had soiled it, 


she wore the red side out. She said the increased attention she 
received from men as she rode public transportation was 
noticeable and frightening. We only deceive ourselves if we 
think these things don't matter. Again, I believe the 
responsibility lies on parents and us older ones who have failed 
to teach better. 

I probably run the risk here of being labeled old fashioned or 
one who emphasizes unimportant details. I'm willing to run that 
risk if it means serious study on some of our "unimportant 
details." A good question in evaluating our motives and 
decisions, even on details, is "What would Jesus do?" If we get 
a good answer to this question, we don't need to ask "What 
would our ancestors think?" 

Some of our current problems involve how to deal with 
those who have made serious mistakes in the past. Important as 
this is, I believe the answer lies in taking responsibility for 
teaching purity in youth, especially in courtship. "An ounce of 
prevention is worth a pound of cure" is a saying of some wise 
man. We all have made mistakes; I have. But how good if we 
can teach and challenge our young people to holy living that 
they can avoid the pitfalls of an increasingly vile world. May 
we use every opportunity to inspire our younger ones (and 
ourselves) to greater service and to divert our attention from 
the lure and flair of this world. 

In this issue we begin short descriptions of the lives of some 
of our older members. This is not to glorify the ones described, 
but to somehow honor the example of those who have "fought 
a good fight" and encouraged us to follow. Paul writes, Be ye 
followers of me even as I also am of Christ." When we see 
those following Christ, let us commend and encourage. Sincere 
praise inspires us to do our best. 

We have a mortal enemy of responsibility. It is affluence. I 
write this with some reservation because I know it is possible to 
use riches well. (Seel Timothy 6:17-19) But when we are 


given so much— especially as children and youth— self-sacrifice 
in any area is difficult. Jesus is our perfect example. He left His 
high station to visit and save us. He said, "I am meek and lowly 
in heart. . ." Peter once said, "Lo, we have left all, and have 
followed thee." Jesus assured him that when we leave all to 
follow Him, we will be rewarded—not only with the best in this 
life but "in the world to come eternal life." If only we could see 
our lives here in the light of eternity! Ask those who have "left 
all." Ask the martyrs. To gain the world and lose our souls 
makes no sense even in the luxury of America. 
If I find Him and I follow, 
Is He sure to bless? 
Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs 
Answer, "Yes!" -Stephen, the Sabaite, 8th Century 

We are not responsible for being born in a country 
dangerous to Christians. It should be safest here since we have 
so much freedom. We should be thankftd for opportunity to 
serve unhindered. But remember that with opportunity comes 
responsibility. This vile world is no friend to grace. We are 
safe only when walking close with our Savior. 

Recently we have seen vultures circling— waiting to devour 
something dead and decaying. So are vultures of this world- 
pride, sel£ carnality, waste— ever ready to capitalize on the 
dead. They wait to land on us and our children. But vultures 
don't bother five things. When we accept our responsibility to 
teach and set good examples of the life in Christ, our children 
will live, and vultures will have to land elsewhere. 

I have pointed out some problems I see. Perhaps I violate 
my own statement about finding fault. But I have responsibility 
to speak out, and I invite others also to voice their sincere 
concerns. We know the outward things and choices can never 
be right unless the heart is right. May God guide us to revival 
and to a life of truth- a life that is "hid with Christ in God." - 



Brother Joe a month or so ago taught us concerning the 
heart. As he preached to us, he mentioned the verses in St. 
Matthew about little children and their likeness to the kingdom 
of heaven. I have wondered before of the similarities and 
believe that little children provide the perfect example of the 
born again believer. Let us look at Matthew 18:3,4. To 
paraphrase, Jesus says we must be converted and humble 
ourselves as little children to be not only part o£ but also to be 
great in the kingdom of heaven. Again in 19:13,14 of the same 
book, Jesus again uses little children to explain the kingdom of 

What is so valuable about little children? Here are some 
examples that came to mind: their openness, honesty, need for 
guidance, the desire to survive. Little children are driven by the 
physical need to live and have food, clothing, rest, and security. 
Loving parents provide for these needs. The physical needs of a 
little child are not driven by a sinful nature, but rather by the 
need, as stated earlier, to survive and grow. 

I must interject here that Jesus used little children as the 
example and rightly so. We realize that as children grow and 
obtain knowledge, selfishness and sinful acts are committed and 
must be dealt with. 

Back to our comparison. As little children cry when theyre 
hungry, may we cry out to God for spiritual food. May we 
realize the need of rest that only comes from a loving, caring 
heavenly Father. May we clothe ourselves with the whole 
armor of God. (Eph. 6:10-17) May we in so doing, find 
ourselves safe in the arms of Jesus. As we interact with others, 
may we be quick to forgive; may we be concerned at the hurts 
and sorrows of others as little children are. To be called the 
children of God, we must act and live according to these 


principles. (Matt. 5:9) Again in Romans 8, if we have been 
bom of the Spirit (become as little children) His Spirit will bear 
witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. 

I'm sure many more examples could be given. May each 
one of us humble ourselves and in doing so, find ourselves 
ready to be used in His service. 

David Cover 
Tuolumne, California 


This is the story of seven people from California who made 
a perilous journey into the wilds of Mexico. These seven 
people, Rosemary, Tyler, and Heather Cover; Heidi Brown; 
Luke and Karin Wagner; and Colin Taylor, had a wonderful 
time. Our objective was to help Bart and Annalee Taylor in any 
way that we could. These are some of our experiences. 

7/14/03. This is when it all began. Leaving from David 
Cover's at 9:00 AM, after several stops, we arrived in Reno. 
Proceeding to check our many suitcases and bags and board the 
plane, we flew to El Paso, Texas, with a layover in Phoenix, 
Arizona. It was 114 degrees Fahrenheit in Phoenix, 106 in El 
Paso! Bart and Bethanna picked us up at the airport. We spent 
the night at Chris and Lisa Dorman's (friends of Bart and 
Annalee) who were very hospitable and friendly. 

7/15/03. We left the Dormant at 9:00 AM, and after doing 
some shopping, we crossed the border into Mexico at 11:30 
AM in the small town of Santa Teresa, New Mexico. We were 
a little nervous, but made it across without incident. At 4:00 
PM we arrived in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico. Our stop for 
the night was at the house of Mike Berkley (a doctor whom 
Bart knows). Dr. Berkleys house is open to missionary people 
and friends who travel through the area. 


7/16/03. We left the Berkley's house and headed for the 
town of Creel, Mexico (pronounced "cray-elT). Upon arriving 
in Creel we ate lunch, changed money, and window-shopped. 
The stores were full of common items along with many baskets, 
carved items, and clothing. Creel being a tourist town, we were 
not too much of an oddity. We arrived in Samicheque, our 
final destination, at 3:30 PM. 

That evening Bart led us in devotions with the theme of the 
Great Commission. Throughout our trip we talked about many 
different forms of this subject. The meaning of Jesus' words 
and how they apply to us today helped us understand exactly 
what we should be doing. 

7/17/03. The boys helped Wes Shoemaker dig a drainage 
ditch to divert water from around his house, and the girls took a 
tour of the town and hospital with Annalee. It rained all 
afternoon. That evening, after dinner which included cakes 
made by the girls and Wes f s wife Julie, Wes shared his 
testimony of how he was called to the mission field. Wes was 
raised by parents who were missionaries in South America, and 
he later served in Papua, New Guinea. Currently, Wes is 
helping translate the Bible into the Tarajumara language and has 
a desire to help people who do not have the written Word of 
God. We were impressed with his Christ-like attitude and 
dependence on God. Baths that night were accomplished with 
the help of a metal tub and water heated on a gas stove. What 
an experience!!! 

7/18/03. We were aroused around 6:30 AM, and the girls 
headed out to help at the hospital during the surgeries. The 
guys continued helping Wes dig out his drainage ditch and then 
hiked to the hospital to pick up the girls. While there, we found 
out that Heidi had bronchitis. What a bummer! Overall, it was 
a very tiring, yet very satisfying day for all of us. 

7/19/03. Saturday, a day of relaxation and rest. Karin 
worked some more in the hospital during the surgeries, while 


the rest of the group took a hike around the mountain. 
Midmorning was used for laundry (washing in the river!) The 
afternoon was for relaxation and "kick-back" time. 

7/20/03. Headed out to church at 10:30 and listened to a 
sermon in Tarahumara (very interesting), then went home to 
start lunch. We took a hike that afternoon and then were able 
to be with the Mennonite families for a Sunday evening of 
singing, food, and fellowship. 

7/21/03 Hiked to Charerache... DEATH MARCH! No, 
really, it was fun and interesting to see a true Tarahumaran 
village. The village was mainly all farmland with a few houses 
scattered around for living purposes. That afternoon we all 
crashed as we were exhausted. 

7/22/03. Went to Aboriche in the morning, got back at 
noon, packed, and headed to Chihuahua for hot showers and 
laundry. It was around 8:00 PM when we pulled in, and we all 
headed for showers and beds. 

7/23/03. Drove to El Paso and had a barbecue with the 
Dormans. HAMBURGERS! Another one of those simple 
pleasures that you really learn to appreciate when you don't 
have them readily available. 

7/24/03. Left El Paso airport at 6:30 AM and landed in 
Reno at 9:00AM. After lunch at Taco Bell (Mexican food 
again), we headed home and arrived at 3:00 PM. 

Mexico was an experience that none of us will ever forget. 
We encourage all and everyone of our members to go and 
support Bart and Annalee in their efforts to further the "Great 
Commission." (Matthew 28:18-20) 

Our love, 

The Mexican Travelers 

"If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be 
enough evidence to convict you? 1 ' 


The First Eight (continued) 


Andrew Boni was born at Frankendorf. Switzerland, near 
Basel. Like his father, he was a weaver, reared and confirmed 
in the Reformed Church. He migrated to Heidelburg and 
passed the test there to become a master weaver in 1702. His 
wife Anna died in Heidelburg and Boni returned to Switzerland. 

In Heidelburg, Boni had become acquainted with Pietist 
teaching, and he took Pietist faith with him back to Switzerland. 
On the complaint of the local pastor, the authorities questioned 
him and recommended that he be instructed. Faced with this 
opposition, he again moved to Heidelburg for a year. When he 
returned to Switzerland, he began holding meetings, preaching 
Pietist and Anabaptist doctrines. This time the authorities sent 
a letter to denounce him to the Basel city council. 

Andrew was able to influence his younger brother Martin, 
but his parents remained in the state church, hostile to the 
teachings of their son. 

Andrew and Martin Boni were arrested by the Basel 
authorities in November, 1706. They were severely 
interrogated about their doctrines, their meetings, and their 
friends. They steadfastly refused to give the names of their 
fellow Pietists or of any who had attended their meetings lest 
they too would be arrested. 

During their interrogation, the Bonis were imprisoned in the 
Spalentor, or Spalen-Tower, in Basel. (This ancient tower still 
stands in a busy section of Basel.) Martin Boni was allowed to 
remain, but Andrew was expelled from the city and district. He 
refused to promise not to return, but he was assured that if he 
did he would be immediately arrested and punished. He did 


say, "I will commend it to God," and regretted it right away as 
the authorities took it to be a promise not to return. He asked 
to be returned to the tower rather than to leave with that 
misunderstanding, but they ordered him away. Wanting to 
somehow discharge his responsibility to them, he wrote a 
lengthy letter to the city fathers calling on them to repent and 
reminding them of the coming of the Lord. His humble words 
give insight into his character: 

". . .1 came here not through my own will, but rather 
through God's will and out of love for God and my neighbor. I 
also came because of the request in letters from my neighbors. 
Therefore now hear the words which God will give me to write, 
miserable creature that I am, through His goodness. I do not 
hesitate to write that this will be for the good of you, your city, 
and district of Basel. O Lord, Help me; let it succeed! Amen... 

"Now I ask the honorable and wise council, as well as all 
here in this city and district of Basel, whether anything is more 
necessary than just this. The people will soon not know what 
they will do because of arrogance and godlessness. Greed, 
usury, luxury, and pride are so terrible and have so taken the 
upper hand that all people could not bewail it sufficiently even 
with tears of blood. I do not mention such other lusts as 
glutting, swilling, immorality, and lewdness in cursing and 
swearing, quarreling and fighting, and lying and betraying. Yes, 
with my clumsy hand I can hardly describe enough sins and 
vices of this city. In sura, they all reach to heaven. God intends 
to punish them, if they do not turn to Him with all their heart, 
and pray as mentioned above. . ." (From European Origins of 
the Brethren by Donald Dumbaugh) 

Boni's experiences included imprisonment, time in the 
stocks or pillory, and being expelled again and threatened with 
beatings should he ever return. 


Andrew Boni was one who migrated with Alexander Mack 
from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, arriving on the ship Allen on 
September 11, 1729. Boni had met and married a widow, 
Joanna Nothiger. Joanna Margaret Boni was one of the first 
eight and is also listed as a passenger on the Allen. 

Also listed as "charter members" were John and Joanna 
Kipping. Kipping was from Bareit in the state of Wurtemberg. 
His age and religious background are not known. They, too, 
were passengers with Mack arriving in Philadelphia on the ship 
Allen. --L.C. 


Sylvia Wol£ fondly addressed "Aunt Sylvee," was bom on 
an Indiana farm on November 23, 1907. As Elder Reuben and 
Stella Flora ! s oldest daughter, we understand her early 
introduction to her life of nurturing, living simply, and serving 
others. Chester, her oldest brother died of leukemia in 1954. 
Sylvia was followed by Delbert, Sarah Catherine (Hitch), 
Rozetta (Myers), Clifford, Donald, (recently deceased) and Lois 
(Martin). Her parents were charter members of the Old 
Brethren Church; she has heard the gospel all her life. Joyfully 
she gave her heart to the Lord, becoming a faithful member of 
the church of her parents. 

After her marriage to Daniel R Wolf on November 27, 
1926, they lived in Indiana for one year. It was in California in 
July, 1930, that Brother Dan was elected to the ministry in a tie 
vote with Christie Cover. She has served as a beautiful example 
fulfilling the qualifications of the wife of a minister as directed 
in I Timothy 3:11; "Even so must their wives be grave, not 
slanderers, sober, faithful, in all things.' 1 Besides her genuine 


interest in others, she had a gift of dignified hospitality. Their 
home was central. Dan and Sylvia always met the train, and 
travellers seem to arrive and depart via their place. If a member 
was ill, they soon would be visited by this servant couple. 

Early trips to her native Indiana meant a ten day journey 
taking bedding, food, and utensils and staying in guest rooms 
along the way. "Aunt Sylvia" has been an East/West 
ambassador, with frequent communication, writing untold 
letters of encouragement, having vacations center around 
attending Lovefeasts "back East," providing welcome Sunday 
dinners and "Bed and Breakfasts." 

Noticeably, no children were born to them, yet their walls 
heard voices of little ones; giving foster care, later raising twin 
nieces, Erma and Esther Cripe, and welcoming countless church 
families. Her nieces and nephews were favorites. 

Brother Dan's concern for teaching the youth and young 
adults prompted him to begin a Bible Study twice a month. 
When we met in the valley it was frequently at their residence 
following a church fellowship meal. Everyone attended. 
Children could find a toy for every age group, too. 

With so many young brethren gone doing alternative 
service during the Korean War, Brother Dan published the first 
issue of The Pilgrim in October, 1954. (These same young 
brethren contributed Bible character studies for The Pilgrim.) 
We see Sylvia neatly folding freshly mimeographed copies and 
stuffing envelopes to mail with a 4 cent stamp until his final 
issue in May, 1963. Subscriptions were $1.50 per year. 

It's the spirit of Titus 2:2-5: "The aged women... That they 
may teach the young women to be sober, to love their 
husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers 
at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word 
of God be not blasphemed." So, to nurture our fellowship and 
assist distress in our communities, Aunt Sylvia started a 
monthly sewing circle in February, 1964, 


which continues today, blessing not only the receivers of the 
thousands of comforts, but especially those who share in this 
day. For decades we met in our homes; yes, often in her home. 
"Aunt Sylvia" usually drove a carload up from the valley when 
sewing was in the mountains. No one wanted to miss; 
conflicting appointments were avoided on sewing day! Today 
her spare time is spent carefully cutting and sewing squares for 
comfort tops for the next sewing. 

"Aunt Sylvia" wants to be in the assembly on Sunday 
mornings. She loves little children and they love her. We are 
thankful for this jewel, her standard of holiness and excellence-- 
our link with the past. 

Martha J. Cover 


We want to thank each of the members for supporting us 
prayerfully, financially, and in other ways through Denita's 
recent illness. We feel blest to belong to the body that cares 
and supports one another. May it ever be so, and may God 
bless each one. 

Peter and Denita Cover 

HARRIS - A son, Stefan Elias, bom August 7 to Michael and 
Wanda Harris of Mountain Lake, Minnesota. 
WAGNER - A son, Benjamin John, bom August 19 to Danny 
and Donna Wagner of Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Hannah Bowser: 19300 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, CA 95379-9753 
(209) 928-3295 


Rusty Trilliums 

When I was a little girl, I enjoyed exploring in the woods 
near our home. I especially remember the trees covered in ice 
one winter, little spring pools in the holes made by uprooted 
trees, big piles of junk— nearly rusted away, and spring flowers. 
Possibly my most unusual memory of those woods was the 
trilliums blooming in and around the junk piles. 

Many of you will have picked big white trilliums in the 
woods back of our Wakarasa meeting house. Some of these 
were different though. At first I thought they were another 
kind, with the veins on the petals a reddish-brown. Then I 
realized the white trilliums were outside the junk pile, and the 
reddish-brown trilliums were in the junk pile. God made white 
trilliums, but rust turned them brown! 

God also wants us to be pure. The Bible says we should be 
kind to everyone, but it also warns us not to be really close 
friends with people who are not godly. God knows that if we 
spend too much time with people who do wrong, we might also 
begin to do wrong even if we really want to do right. 

We must not be "rusty trilliums,' 1 so please do not grow in 
the "junk pile" of worldly ways. 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


Ocean Song 
Inspired by the young folks' trip to the Pacific Ocean 
June 10, 2003. 
Like the mighty, roaring ocean 

Is the power of our God; 
Like its graceful, rolling motion 
Is His cleansing, healing flood. 

Like its yawning breadth unbounded 
So His mercy ever flows; 

Like its brimming depth unfathomed 
Is the joy that He bestows! 

Like its rich, o'erflowing fullness 
His great love to us abounds; 

Like its vast and wide completion, 
Peace within His will is found. 

Like the shimnVring, golden sunlight 
Falls upon the rippling wave, 

So the glorious truth unfolding: 
Jesus died my soul to save! 


Like the song of rushing waters 

Is the music in my soul: 

Christ has ransomed and forgiven, 

And in Him I am made whole. 
Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 


VOL. 50 OCTOBER, 2003 No. 10 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 

Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


Teach me Thy will, O Lord; teach me Thy way; 
Teach me to know Thy word; teach me to pray. 
Whate'er seems best to Thee, that be my earnest plea, 
So that Thou drawest me closer each day. 

Teach me Thy wondrous grace, boundless and free; 
Lord, let Thy blessed face shine upon me. 
Heal Thou sin ! s every smart; dwell Thou within my heart; 
Grant that I never part, Saviour, from Thee. 

Teach me hy pain Thy power; teach me by love; 
Teach me to know, each hour, Thou art above. 
Teach me as seemeth best, in Thee to find sweet rest; 
Leaning upon Thy breast, all douht remove. 

Teach Thou my lips to sing, my heart to praise; 
Be Thou my Lord and King through all my days. 
Teach Thou my soul to cry, "Be Thou, dear Saviour, nigh; 
Teach me to live, to die, saved by Thy grace. Amen. 

Katherine A. Grimes, (b. 1877) 
From The Christian Hymnal 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5 . 00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


I am not a prophet in the "foretelling" sense of the word. 
And yet it doesn't require great insight to understand God's 
pronouncements on man's conduct, the fruit it brings, and the 
fixture it determines. The Bible says that whatsoever a man 
sows, that shall he reap. "For he that soweth to his flesh shall 
of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit 
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Learning this principle 
in youth will save us much sorrowful reaping. 

Man at his best is in trouble. He is lost without the Saviour. 
His thoughts are usually impure. His motives are usually selfish 
pass. He tries to get ahead at the expense of others; he prides 
himself on a good deal. He puts up a good front so others will 
think well of him. But God says the secrets will be revealed; 
the hidden thoughts of the heart will be known on the judgment 
day. (Rom. 2:16, Luke 12:2,3) 

The sins of Sodom were typical of all humanity. But 
Ezekiel proclaimed that Judah's sins were worse than Sodom's 
or Samaria's. Why were they worse? Judah was God's special 
people. They knew better, and yet they turned to idols and all 
the accompanying abominations. What were Sodom's 
iniquities? Ezekiel 16:49: "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy 
sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of 
idleness. . ." Does it sound like conditions around us today? 
Besides these, it says, ". . . neither did she strengthen the hand 
of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed 
abomination before me; therefore, I took them away as I saw 
good." God knows what people are doing and can deal with it. 
We have been given even more that the people of Judah. 


Perhaps you are thinking, "But we are not that bad." I trust 
we are not like Sodom, but we have the same conditions around 
us. We have the same desperate enemy. We also are tempted 
to be proud. We have all the food we could desire, and more 
spare time than ever. 

It's a sad picture and a "real jungle" out there. And that 
would be our story, too, if it were not for our Saviour. He has 
rescued us— taken our penalty on His own body when He 
suffered on the cross in our place. Isaiah wrote: ". . .Though 
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they 
be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." 

Now we are redeemed Christians living in evil days and in a 
sinful world. How is this possible? How can we be sure of the 
victory and the future bliss we long for? Ephesians 1:13: ". . .In 
whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy 
Spirit of promise." We have a powerful protector. But the 
writer of Ephesians goes on to give grave warnings against the 
very dangers that occupy the unbelievers' time. 5:3: "But 
fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness. let it not be 
once named among you as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, 
nor foolish talking, not jesting, which are not convenient; but 
rather giving of thanks." (The Greek for "jesting" is defined 
"vulgar witticisms.") 

Because of these warnings, we know we can still be 
tempted to wrong-doing. Possibly one of the worst errors of 
Christians is selfishness which is expressed in various ways. 
One way is desire for more and more things- certainly a 
problem in our country of prosperity. Fullness of bread. We 
don't recognize extravagance when we have always easily 
bought what we want. But the worst kind of selfishness is a 
lack of love for others. Sadly, sometimes this involves the ones 
who should be dearest to us~our companions or close friends. 
The high standard of Jesus is to love our enemies, too. We 


glibly profess to love our enemies when sometimes we show 
less than love to those we work with and even worship with. 

The best protection from sin of any kind is to live and walk 
with our Saviour. He said He will give us rest. What is more 
stressful and tiring than problems with those close to us? Jesus 
will give us sweet rest in Him and heal our lack of love. 

What is our part in this whole picture? First, Jesus wants 
our total devotion. Clay can be molded into something useftd 
only if it is put into the hands of the potter. So with us, Jesus is 
willing and able to make us what we should be, but we must 
give ourselves over to Him. This is done in prayer— sincere, 
earnest pleading to "Take my life and let it be consecrated, 
Lord, to Thee. 11 How is our prayer time? Is it tacked on to the 
end of the day? Is it something to get done as a matter of form 
or duty? Let us be honest; we fail much in attitude. The 
Psalmist says, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so 
panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, 
for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?" 
(Psalm 42: 1,2) This will be our own longing when we see truly 
our needs and weaknesses. 

To know and serve God best, we need to be saturated with 
His Word. Are we daily Bible readers? We eat three times a 
day. Job said, ". . .1 have esteemed the words of his mouth 
more that my necessary food." (Job 23: 12) 

How are we in our love for one another? This is vital. 
Jesus said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples 
if ye have love one for another." (John 13:35) 

We do not qualify as Christians with sound doctrine if our 
Saviour is not in control of our lives. It is easy to say we follow 
Him and obey Him. But when we act like Jesus-when we have 
the mind of Christ-only then are we truly His disciples. Only 
then can we claim the glorious future God has prepared for His 
children. --L.C. 



(This tract was written by a former missionary to Africa, a 
real brother in the Lord who ministered at the International 
Revival Conference in Switzerland in 1970. His reply to our 
request to reprint it reveals the spirit of Mr. Collinson: 
"Please do feel free to use the leaflet on f Brokenness f wherever 
and however you think it may be used to help. I need to learn 
every word of it afresh. While I wrote it out of a living 
experience, I find it can quickly become a lovely vision rather 
than a daily walk I need so much to be f broken' daily. ") 

Sometimes it is asked what we mean by brokenness. 
Brokenness is not easy to define but can be clearly seen in the 
reactions of Jesus, especially as He approached the cross and in 
His crucifixion. I think it can be applied personally in this way: 

When to do the will of God means that even my Christian 
brethren will not understand, and I remember that "Neither did 
His brethren believe in Him,' 1 (John 7:5), and I bow my head to 
obey and accept the misunderstanding, this is brokenness. 

When I am misrepresented or deliberately misinterpreted, 
and I remember that Jesus was falsely accused but He "held His 
peace," and I bow my head to accept the accusation without 
trying to justify myself this is brokenness. 

When another is preferred before me and I am deliberately 
passed over, and I remember that they cried, "Away with this 
man, and release unto us Barabbas" (Luke 23:18), and I bow 
my head and accept rejection, this is brokenness. 

When my plans are brushed aside and I see the work of 
years brought to ruins by the ambitions of others and I 
remember that Jesus allowed them to lead Him away to crucify 
Him (Matthew 27:31), and He accepted that place, and I bow 
my head and accept the injustice without bitterness, this is 


When in order to be right with my God it is necessary to 
take the humbling path of confession and restitution, and I 
remember that Jesus "made Himself of no reputation" and 
"humbled Himself . . unto death, even the death of the cross" 
(Philippians 2:8), and I bow my head and am ready to accept 
the shame of exposure, this is brokenness. 

When others take unfair advantage of my being a Christian 
and treat my belongings as public property, and I remember 
"they stripped Him . . and parted His garments, casting lots" 
(Matthew 27:28, 35), and I bow my head and accept "joyfully 
the spoiling of my goods" for His sake, this is brokenness. 

When one acts towards me in an unforgivable way, and I 
remember that when He was crucified Jesus prayed, "Father, 
forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34), 
and I bow my head and accept any behavior towards me as 
permitted by my loving Father, this is brokenness. 

When people expect the impossible of me and more than 
time or human strength can give, and I remember that Jesus 
said, "This is my body which is given for you. . ." (Luke 22: 19), 
and I repent of my self-indulgence and lack of self-giving for 
others, this is brokenness. 

By John Collinson 

From a tract reprinted by Calvary Fellowship Mission, Little 
Smoky, Alberta. Selected by Lois Martin for the June, 1981, 


Viola May Wolf was born to Deacon David and Elsie 
Susan (Crist) Wolf on July 5, 1909, on a Kansas prairie farm 
near Quinter. The following year, in September, her family with 
other relatives and church families, moved to Colorado to claim 


and homestead free land (one quarter section for each; David 
and Elsie) near Sheridan Lake. 

It was a bleak plain— no trees in sight— the endless grasses 
stretched flat and relentless. Visitors were so welcome. Three 
years later, in November, 1913, they returned to their old farm 
in Quinter, leaving two infants, Ella and Alva, buried on the 
plains and then their newborn, Harvey, in Quint er, in 1915. 
Hard times. They sold out and moved to Modesto, California, 
arriving October 8, 1916. In 1918 they bought a productive 
farm in Rio Oso, near Marysville, where they had twenty-five 
happy years, returning to Modesto in 1943. 

It was in Rio Oso that Viola's handicapped sister Ruth was 
born, and in spite of doctor's predictions, Ruth lived over 
seventy years, due to the loyal, loving care she received. 
Actually, Viola "spent her life taking care of her father, mother 
and sister" acknowledged her brother Joseph. Charles, the 
oldest sibling, made Ohio his home. 

Viola has always lived among our Brethren people. When 
she was nineteen, she gave her heart to the Lord and became a 
visible part of the Brethren. In Rio Oso we see her family 
taking their turn hosting church in their home and feeding forty 
at a fellowship meal following. They worked hard in the 
orchard raising prunes for sale and hay for the horses and farm 

At their Dakota Avenue home in Modesto, they grew 
"everything f, --oranges, olives, persimmons, pomegranates, 
herbs and vegetables in abundance. They raised chickens and 
sold eggs. After workers had hurried through the vineyard 
picking grapes to dry for raisins, we had permission to glean 
Thompson seedless which were sweet as sugar by then-Umm! 

They did not own a car or telephone or use electricity, so 
depended on others for a ride to church, to town or to the 
mountains. Yes! without the distraction and idle conversation 
of the phone, they could welcome visitors and maintain a 


schedule of cooking and preserving. Viola could give her 
patients a vigorous foot massage. 

The trio, mother and daughters dressed in subdued, plain 
garb and large black bonnets, made a statement as they entered 
a service; strong Viola deftly assisting Ruth into her seat, and 
both smiling from ear to ear! During the summer, Viola would 
stay up late to bake cookies so the house could cool down by 
morning, as Ruth "minded the heat." Viola sensed Ruth f s 
moods and needs. 

After their mother died in 1979, they moved to Ohio where 
Ruth passed away in 1991. Viola relocated to Modesto. 

Now she has time to rest. You may find her napping in her 
chair near the door at Bethany, in Ripon, as if waiting for 
visitors. She also has time to enjoy her meals even if she 
appears lonely. She is thankful to her Heavenly Father for a 
ML, busy life, and we are thankful for her example of service, 

Martha J. Cover 


Timothy Tate of Mishawaka, Indiana, was received by 
baptism August 14. May he be a faithful, useful servant in the 
Kingdom of the Lord. 

ROOT - A son, Jadrian Skyler, born September 13 to Brian and 
Emily Root of Tuolumne, California. 

HILTY - A son, Trent Eldon, born September 26 to Jeffrey and 
Allison Hilty of Goshen, Indiana. 

CABLE - A son, Rudy Andrew, born September 30 to Andrew 
and Joanna Cable of Wakarusa, Indiana. 

Faith in Christ is meant to be nothing less than unceasing 
dependence upon Him and fellowship with Him. 
Andrew Murray, Selected 


"I want to be like Daddy, we hear a small boy say, 
Watching close as Daddy works, he imitates in play. 
Where Daddy goes he wants to go, what Daddy says, he says; 
What Daddy works or what he buys, his son is sure to praise. 

"I want to be like Mommy," I hear my small girl say, 
"So I can rock my baby dear and care for her each day." 
She sets up house so carefully and gives each doll a place; 
She cooks their food; she washes clothes; plays church on the 

We watch them at their playing; we listen to their talk, 

We realize when we least thought that they observed our walk. 

How great we feel the urgency to be examples true. 

For they are watching day by day and doing as we do. 

Dear Lord, this task is heavy, and oft we fail to be 

A true reflection of Thine own to point these souls to Thee. 

Make us sufficient, Father, for this great task YouVe given; 

We pray, dear Lord, that by Thy grace we all may meet in 


Dear children, you too can be examples of what's right, 
And help your friends be true and strong by walking in the light 
Oh, may you never, ever be among the ones whose lives 
Have led one on the downward path, away from heaven f s prize. 

Be willing to stand bravely for what you know is right, 
Don't be afraid what others think; walk nobly in God's sight. 
To flee from sin shows real strength; fear not to stand alone, 
But purpose deep within your heart to make God's will your 


So there is work for each one regardless of our years; 

May we be sowing seeds of truth that we need not reap tears. 

Never think it trifling, this influence day by day, 

And never think it matters not how straight may be your way. 

Each life affects another, and our example counts, 
For attitudes and deeds and words we all must give account. 
Ponder very carefully the choices that you make, 
For there are others watching you-a soul may be at stake. 

Elizabeth Royer 
Mishawaka, Indiana 


Last night my little boy confessed to me 

Some childish wrong, 

And kneeling at my knee, 

He prayed with tears-- 

"Dear God, make me a man 

Like Daddy-wise and strong; 

I know you can. 1 ' 

Then while he slept 
I knelt beside his bed, 
Confessed my sins, 
And prayed with low-bowed head: 
"O God, make me a child 
Like my child here- 
Pure, guileless. 
Trusting Thee with faith sincere." 

Andrew Gillies (1870-1942) 
Selected by Lloyd Wagner 



God, the one who knows us all by name and even has the 
hairs of our head numbered, has a personal interest in each one 
of us. He has a plan for each person, a plan that includes our 
best and utmost happiness. Perhaps that is 3why the subject of 
courtship lies so close to my heart. Young people are at a 
crucial point in their lives—crucial because they need to be 
thinking rightly about the involvements of courtship. God 
honors sincerity; He honors integrity, and he has answers for 
those who seek His will in sincerity and truth. 

First Corinthians 6:19, 20 tell us that our bodies are the 
temple of the Holy Ghost; they are not our own. God has 
bought us with the price of the blood of His Son. Since we are 
not our own, we need to be satisfied to be just where God 
wants us to be, whether married or unmarried. That matter 
needs to be settled in our minds; it is an overshadowing 
realization that gives direction to our lives, and we are not 
ready for courtship or marriage until we come to grips with the 
fact that we belong to God. 

Courtship is the time when a man and woman show special 
interest in each other for the propose of studying character. It 
is a time of sharing and doing things together in order to 
ascertain compatibility for marriage. 

We will consider two basic questions about courtship first. 
How important is the blessing of God in courtship? 

I will answer that question in three words-// is everything! 
It is the totality and essence to a prosperous courtship and a 
successful, happy, and enduring marriage. Consider Abraham's 
concern for Isaac in Genesis 24. In the first verses, Abraham 
made his servant swear that he would find a wife for Isaac 


under the blessing of God. All that mattered to Abraham was 
that he was in the center of God's will, lined up for His blessing. 

Do not try courtship without God f s blessing. Samson tried 
it. He went down to the Philistines and saw a woman who 
pleased him well. His father, of course, rebuked him for his 
selection: "Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy 
brethren. . . that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised 
Philistines? (Judges 14:3) We know Samson's response. The 
blessing of God and the counsel and approval of his parents 
meant nothing to him. Samson's heart was beating high, guided 
by his own fleshly desires. But, oh, how short-lived! 

You can take that approach, brethren and sisters. You can 
go your own way against the counsel of your parents, and you 
can marry after the desires of the flesh. Samson did, but we 
know how the story turned out. The day of the marriage turned 
out to be a day of divorce. He went home without his wife; she 
was given to another. 

God's blessing is a missing ingredient in many marriages 
today. I would be terrified, young people, to even think about 
courtship and marriage unless I was confident of the blessing of 
God. We know what marriages in society are like. But what 
about some marriages in our own conservative churches? Some 
husbands and wives are simply living together— not getting 
along, not sharing life together, and not enjoying happiness. 

Remember Psalm 127: 1: "Except the Lord build the house, 
they labour in vain that build it." Unless the Lord brings you 
together in marriage, it is not going to work. You say, Well, I 
know people who started out in good harmony, and they got 
their lives together, and now it's going pretty good." Surely, 
God's grace is sufficient, and when people realize their error, 
God is ready to forgive. But that is not the norm, so do not 
start your marriage counting on things getting turned around 
sometime later. 


Too many people are like Israel when they went up to fight 
Ai. They went up without the blessing of God and experienced 
defeat. We cannot expect blessing, happiness, and fulfillment 
without God's blessing. Every marriage will face giants, and 
God alone can grant grace to conquer those giants. When we 
go forth in the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel, we go forth 
without fear. 

We also need God's blessing in marriage because He alone 
knows the private life of the one we are considering. People 
can bluff, but God knows the sentiments of the heart. I 
consider that a real blessing! We serve a God who knows not 
only the present but also the past and the future. The qualities 
that so attract you in the one you are keeping company with are 
only the tip of the iceberg of what marriage will unfold. You 
cannot now imagine how much influence for good or for evil 
that your companion will have on your life. Someone has said, 
"Behind every successfiil, godly man stands a godly woman." 
You need the blessing of God to bring out the beauty, the 
security, the harmony, and the fiilfillment in your marriage 
relationship. God knows all about those things; He is genuinely 
interested in your marriage. 

We need the blessing of God because marriage has serious 
implication. For one, marriage is for life. Whom God joins 
together, man is not to put asunder. Making a mistake in the 
one you marry means a lifetime of regrets. Marriage is not like 
a car that you can trade off for something better if you get a 

Implication two is that your happiness and the happiness of 
your family is at stake. Your home will either be a foretaste of 
hell of a foretaste of heaven. I think of a sister we have been 
working with. She is trying to leave a godly influence and a 
Christian example in her home, but her husband is unsaved. He 
does not provide for his family; he curses and swears at them 


and shouts at his wife. She did not know the Lord when she 
married, and now she is suffering the results of a wrong choice. 

Implication three is that your marriage will affect your 
posterity. Your companion will have a tremendous influence on 
the kind of children and grandchildren you will have. You say, 
Tm not even thinking about grandchildren!" Well, you had 
better because it may be real before you know it 

Implication four is that the one you marry will have a 
serious influence on your spiritual life. Your companion will 
either inspire you to greater service to Christ and the church, or 
he will hinder you and sap the vitality from your spiritual walk. 

Implication five is that your marriage will greatly affect 
your usefulness to the church. This is especially true for the 
brethren. I Timothy 3 speaks not only to the qualifications of 
the deacon, but to his wife as well. 

Implication six is that marriage is serious because it affects 
the hearts and feelings of others. Young brethren, you are 
marrying the daughter of some loving parents— parents who 
nurtured that girl and want the best for her. Think of the 
heartache if you are not what you ought to be. The same 
applies to the sisters. Your courtship and marriage will either 
cause hearts to rejoice or to grieve. Remember that, and take 
seriously the far-reaching implications. Your first and foremost 
desire should always be to have the blessing and approval of 
Almighty God. 
Can God bless the practice of courtship? 

It is true that we do not find the practice of courtship in the 
Bible. In Genesis 24:65, we notice that Rebekah had never seen 
Isaac before: "What man is this that walketh in the field to meet 
us?" Furthermore, Isaac had never seen Rebekah before, but 
verse 67 says that he took her into his mother's tent, she became 
his wife, and he loved her. Since the Bible gives no precedent 
for courtship, some people say that we have adopted the 
world's practice of courtship, and therefore God cannot bless it. 


We need to think about this a little. In doing so, I have 
concluded that it is not safe for us to follow the Old Testament 
example to the letter. To do so, we would also need to justify 
polygamy, concubinage, and a lot of other things on the same 
basis. I am not personally acquainted with Christian groups 
who do practice the Old Testament method of finding a 
marriage companion. 

We also need to realize that marrying in haste, marrying for 
personal attraction, falling in love, and so forth, are the world's 
methods. Certainly we leave some room for personal 
attraction, but that is not a safe premise upon which to build a 
lasting relationship. Marriages built on personal attraction 
alone often lead to many regrets and bitter disappointments. 
We need to exercise discernment and caution, using courtship 
as a time of careful examination. As we follow such a careful 
method of seeking a life companion, we can conclude with 
certainty that our courtship is under the blessing of God. —To 
be continued 

By Clifford Nolt in The Christian Example, Jan. 12, 2003 
Selected by Forrest Tate 

Jason, the Brave 

"I'm glad we are not under persecution now!" exclaimed 
James, as Dad finished reading a martyr story. 

"I wish we were!" answered Jason. 

"You would want to have to leave home, or maybe get 
caught and beaten and maybe burned at the stake?" asked James 
in surprise. 

Jason looked embarrassed. "I didn f t think about that," he 
replied. "I just think it would be really great for people to see 
how brave I would be." 



"You weren't very brave when you got against the hot 
canner," big brother Thomas pointed out. 

"Kindly now, Thomas," Dad chided. Turning to Jason, he 
added, "Does it really matter what people think? Shouldn't we 
do it because we love God, not for our pride's sake? I 
Corinthians 13:3 says it is a greater thing to love each other 
than to allow ourselves to be burned. We have plenty of 
opportunity to show that we love people, like not getting angry 
when someone teases us." 

"But Dad, that wasn't because I was a Christian," said 
Jason, hanging his head. He knew Dad was referring to his 
yelling at the neighbor boy just that morning, because he called 
him names. 

"It shows whether you are Christ-like, and that is what 
matters," Dad answered, smiling down at him. "Try to be brave 
and Christ-like, and not worry about whether people notice. 
God will notice. That is the honor we should seek." 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 




VO L , 50 NOVEMBER. 2003 No. 11 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


The harvest moon creeps o'er the sky, 

And looking down sees barren fields 

That days before held ripened corn, 

Now picked and stored with bounteous yields. 

The honking wild geese flying south, 
The ring-necked pheasant feathered bright, 
The rabbit plump, the deer so swift, 
All tell of God's all wondrous might. 

The deeply laden apple trees 
Are gifts from His all knowing hands. 
The flowing streams, the flowers, too, 
Obey His ever great commands. 

Now we should also serve our Lord, 
And keep His statutes ever true. 
O King, great Benefactor, Friend, 
We consecrate our lives anew. 

Kathleen (Shank) Miller 
From Songs We Sing 
Used by permission 

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Praise God for our friends! Having friends outshines all our 
material blessings. We especially thank God for Jesus, our best 
Friend— the One who promised never to leave us nor forsake us. 

Friends understand, and we need to be understood. 
Sometimes we don't say exactly what we mean, but a friend will 
sense the thought behind the poorly chosen words, Emerson 
said, "A friend is one before whom I may think aloud. 11 I would 
add, "without fear of being misunderstood." 

Friends encourage us. It is easy to become discouraged! 
We often maintain a front of confidence and enthusiasm which 
hides our feelings of insecurity and disappointment. God works 
through faithful friends to lift our spirits and give us hope and a 
feeling of worth. Subtle influences from the adversary try to 
convince us that our case is hopeless, but friends show us the 
bright side. I remember, as a teen-ager, I had surgery and lay 
on a hospital bed for ten days. One of my school friends took 
time to visit me, and I have not forgotten in over fifty years the 
encouragement he brought. 

Friends help when we are in need. In times of financial 
stress, Christian friends are right there. This was characteristic 
of the church from its very beginning. II Corinthians 8 
describes this "grace." At times, persecution drove Christians 
to band together with all things common. Only true friends can 
do this. 

Once we lost our alternator drive belt between here and the 
Valley— thirty-five miles from home and in the middle of the 
night. As my son and I walked to the home of friends less than 
a mile away, we were given a ride right to their door by people 


who knew folks we knew. Our friend loaned us Ms car, and we 
arrived home safely. Thank God for friends! 

To help us value our friends, we might imagine ourselves in 
the position of Noah or Lot. Both these men saw their people 
destroyed, and they were left with only their families. Some 
have written of the possibility of being left alone after an atomic 
attack. We might enjoy being alone sometimes, but being a sole 
survivor would hold no joy or comfort. God can support His 
children in loneliness, in prison, in dark valleys of trouble, but 
what a blessing it is to have friends in such times! 

Seeing that friends are so valuable, how do we obtain them 
and keep them? ff A man that hath friends must show himself 
friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a 
brother." (Proverbs 18:24) We make friends and keep them by 
being friendly. If friends encourage us, we should be 
encouragers. If friends understand and support us, we should 
also try to be understanding and helpful. 

William Penn was a friend to the Delaware Indians. He paid 
them for their land and treated them as equals even after he had 
received title to New World land from the King of England. 
The Indians returned this friendship by establishing perpetual 
peace with Penn. On the contrary, Penn ! s sons took advantage 
of the Indians, and they responded with hostility and enmity. 

Our Saviour said, "Greater love hath no man than this, that 
a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye 
do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not 
servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I 
have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my 
Father I have made known unto you." (John 15: 13-15) "What a 
Friend We Have in Jesus" is said to be the most loved of 
Christian hymns. Jesus encourages, understands, and supports 
us as no other friend can. May we "do whatsoever He 
commands us" and so qualify as His friends. --L.C. 



"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one 
day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years 
as one day." (II Peter 3:8) The Apostle Peter cited this passage 
while assuring the early church that "the Lord is not slack 
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is 
long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, 
but that all should come to repentance." (II Peter 3:9) A Jewish 
scribe once wrote that "Time is a bubble in the expanse of 

The longest half second of my life occurred last spring on a 
two lane section of US 50 north of Dodge City, Kansas, during 
our trip home from the love feast in Indiana. It was mid 
afternoon, a clear day, light traffic, and I was driving, cruise set 
at 70. A little over a hundred feet ahead of us, an approaching 
car pulled directly into our lane. Letha says when she saw the 
approaching car it was less than My feet from us, and at our 
combined speeds we were coming together at the rate of 
approximately 170 feet per second. I instinctively jerked the 
steering wheel sharply to the right. With the help of the Lord 
and the outstanding handling characteristics of our late model 
Impala, we plunged over the grassy embankment into a twelve 
foot deep ravine. Remaining upright, I was able to bring the car 
to a safe stop. We just sat there awhile thanking the Lord for 
His deliverance. When I got out of the car and climbed up to 
the road, there was not a car in sight. We were able to pull up 
the bank and onto the road. Other than being severely shaken, 
there was no apparent damage. We will probably never know 
why the other driver pulled into our lane. 

We are truly living in a fast age. I can remember riding to 
church in a horse-drawn buggy. Now we drive to church in a 
car that is capable of cruising at 100 MPH (although I have 


never been that late for church!) News travels across the 
country almost faster than it happens. People demand what 
they want, and they want it now! Are we affected by this fast 
pace? Do we get so caught in our own world of thought and 
action that we forget what lane we are in? How often does 
someone have to hit the ditch to avoid a collision course with 
us? I feel that patience is something I need more of and is 
lacking in society and in the Church fellowship. 

Apostle Paul writes to the Romans, "Now the God of 
patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one 
toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with 
one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. " (15:5,6) The Bible says, "See then that you 
walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the 
time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, 
but understanding what the will of the Lord is." (Eph. 5: 15-17) 

My prayer is that those of us whom the Lord has spared 
may devote our remaining time on earth to the furtherance of 
His Kingdom as members of His Church which is the Body of 
Christ on earth. (Eph. 1:22,23) 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 

Elma Louise Moss, daughter of Loring I. and Ota Shidler 
Moss, was born September 12, 1925, in Wauseon, Ohio, the 
youngest often children and died suddenly September 30, 2003. 
Her family moved to McClave, Colorado, in 1930; to Great 
Bend, Kansas, in 1935; and to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1937. 
Here Elma finished her formal schooling, graduating from grade 
eight, Here, too, she obeyed the call of the Holy Spirit, was 
baptized, accepting Christ as her Savior, and became a member 
of the Dunkard Brethren Church. After the family moved to 
Eldorado, Ohio, in 1942, she joined the Conservative German 


Baptist Brethren. Several years later, she transferred her 
membership to the Old Brethren, faithfully folfilling her 
baptismal vows until death. Several times she called for and 
received the anointing. 

Elma and her Aunt Martha Myers founded Rest Haven 
Nursing Home in a stately old house in downtown Greenville in 
January, 1953. Her compassionate nature and management 
skills, along with God's blessings, made Rest Haven prosper. 
The capacity of the house was expanded several times. Finally, 
in 1967, the present-day Rest Haven became reality, and the old 
house on Wayne Street was abandoned. She was happy to 
employ many Ohio youth over the years. Elma sold Rest Haven 
January, 2003, ending fifty years of intense involvement in the 
nursing administration and the lives of patients and families. 

She was active in the Licensed Practical Nurse's 
Association, the Ohio Health Care Association, the Darke 
County Health Planning Commission, the American College of 
Health Care Administrators, and Darke County Chamber of 
Commerce Education Committee, 

Always interested in young people, she enjoyed being with 
them To encourage them to Bible study, she presented each 
with Halleys Bible Handbook at baptism Most notable of 
activities she sponsored were yearly Tafly Pulls held at Rest 
Haven which brought together some ninety youth from 
Pennsylvania, Indiana, Arkansas, Iowa, California, and Ohio. 

During Communion Meeting weekends, Elma's after-meal 
job was sitting at a table emptying, combining, or filling butter 
and apple butter dishes. She will be missed at this spot, as well 
as at the washer and dryer at the local Clothing Distribution 
Center on the nights we sort and pack clothing for Christian Aid 

Elma kept a sharp lookout for the perfect woods-with-a- 
stream in which to build her dream log home. She finally found 


the place, had the log home built, and enjoyed living in it and 
sharing it for over ten years. 

Elma's interests included genealogy, Church history, and 
world events, especially Middle Eastern. She toured the Holy 
Land three times, saw Europe on an Anabaptist Heritage Tour, 
and later on a Brethren Heritage Tour, took trips to Brazil and 
many times to Canada and California. She was involved in the 
new Brethren Heritage Center at Brookville, Ohio. 

She was preceded in death by parents; stepmother Viola 
Moss; brothers Edson, Paul, Aaron, and David Moss; sisters 
Ethel Moss in childhood, Grace Royer, Ellen Reed, and Mary 
(Moss, Shuler) Jamison; stepsister Ida Keeny; stepbrother 
Delbert Weaver. 

Surviving are one sister, Mabel Rupp of Bryon, Ohio; 
numerous nieces and nephews; stepbrother Albert and Betty 
Weaver of Bemville, Pennsylvania; stepsisters Hazel Weaver 
and Charlotte Frick of Greenville, Ohio; Arvilla and Ray Keeny 
of York, Pennsylvania; in-laws Ray and Beulah Reed of Dallas 
Center, Iowa; Donna Moss of West Covina, California; 
stepbrother-in-law Lloyd Keeny of York, Pennsylvania. 

A short service at the funeral home October 4 preceded the 
funeral at the Old Brethren Meeting House, Bradford, Ohio. 
Old Brethren ministers used Scriptures and hymns chosen by 
Elma: Psalm 73:26, Isaiah 12:2, and hymns 403,393, and 227. 
A funeral train of over seventy vehicles made the long trek to 
Wares Chapel Cemetery, West Manchester, Ohio. Hymns were 
sung as brethren and family members filled the grave. 

Elma lived a busy, well-rounded life, serving others and 
letting others serve her. Surely she does claim "many more 
children than she which hath an husband." (Gal. 4:27b) 

-Linda Frick and Gloria Hilty 
To all my family and many Mends, 
I leave you with this: 
Grieve for me but let me go; 
There's glory on ahead. 

The road was not always easy, 
And at times seemed very long 

with dark places here and there. 
But the light of God's love like a song 
Always came through 
In answer to my prayer. i 

My life has been full; I savored much: \ 

Good friends, good times, loved ones' touch. 
And if I have harmed or grieved you, 
Please forgive the wrongs 
I may have done. 

Now at the close of day, work left undone 

Must stay that way. 

If my going has left a void, 

Fill it with remembered joys 

Of friendship shared with love. 

Grieve for me but let me go; 

There's glory on ahead. — Elma Moss 

O Lord, today we feel the loss 
Of a dear heartfelt friend. 
But, as the grass that perishes, 
So life must come to end. 

The lives of all who knew her were 
Enriched in every way. 
What nobler purpose can there be 
Than to brighten someone's day? 

In patient toil for years she cared 
For those by old age worn, 
And now in parting leaves behind 

So many friends who mourn. * 

The kind words said, her cheering smile 
And toil were not in vain; 
Though now she's gone and all that's left 
Are mem'ries that remain. 


And for the youth, how well we know, 
She gave her thought and care. 
Indeed how special were the times 
When she was with us there. 

This world was made a better place; 
Our hearts were touched with love, 
But now she's in a better place, 
Her home in heaven above. 

O Lord, this day will soon be done; 
Our time will soon be past. 
In love and kindness may we live 
As long as life shall last. --W.J. 

In memory of Elma Louise Moss (1925-2003) 

MARTIN - A daughter, Celesta Eden, born October 23 to Jon 
and Lisa Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 


Courtship God Can Bless (part 2) 

Some Biblical principles of courtship God can bless: 
1. Be a converted, dedicated child of God. This is the 
starting point. As we looked at Genesis 24, we noticed that 
Abraham, the servant, and Isaac were all dedicated men of God. 
Verse 63 impresses us with the kind of man Isaac was. He was 
in the field meditating. He was out there alone, worshiping and 
communing with God, possibly also thinking about the servant, 
off finding a wife for him. 

We believe Isaac was a settled, mature man, probably forty 
years old. This suggests a settled and stable Christian 
experience, which is so essential in the matter of courtship! 
Wait until you are old enough. You wonder how you can know 


when you are old enough. What about your emotional stability? 
What happens when things do not go right? Young brother, 
does anger cause your pitchfork to fly, or cause other such 
responses? Young sister, do angry words or pieces fly when 
somebody breaks a treasured possession? Are you able to work 
and to manage your finances? Can you possess your body in 
sanctification and honor with noble thoughts and deeds? Most 
of our congregations set a minimum courting age of eighteen. I 
personally feel that is still too young. 

We are looking at the child of God whose sins are confessed 
and forgiven, who is living in obedience to the Lord with a clear 
conscience. Psalm 34:15,16: "The eyes of the Lord are upon 
the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry (prayers)," 
but "The face of the Lord is against them that do evil." If you 
are living in victory, you can claim the promise that the Lord 
will hear your prayers. But if you have sin—rebellion, self-will, 
backsliding— in your life, you cannot expect the blessing of God. 
You are not ready to think about courtship until you straighten 
up your life before God. Counsel with your parents and your 
ministers about your own readiness and about the one under 
consideration; it is a safeguard. 

2. Start courtship with a proper purpose. Young men and 
women should start courtship for only one purpose: marriage 
in the future. Now that does not mean you are considering 
marriage on day one, but it does mean courtship is the time to 
find a life companion. Never begin courting someone you 
would not want to marry. Courtship is not for fun or thrills, nor 
for what you can get out of it. It is not for fleshly gratification 
or simply because he or she is attractive, pretty, or handsome. 
It is not simply that you are at the eligible age now, and your 
friends are entering into this experience. These are not 
purposes God can bless. Our purpose as Christians is to leam 
to know each other, each other's ideals, convictions, and goals, 


and whether or not we are compatible. It is a time for mutual 
respect and appreciation to blossom into a fiiU-blown flower. 

3. Begin courtship with pure motives. Why do you want to 
have a wife or a husband? Merely to fulfill the passions of the 
flesh? Marriages born out of the physical become an empty 
thing. Notice, rather, Genesis 24:67; "Isaac brought her into 
his mother Sarah f s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his 
wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his 
mother's death." Here we see a right motive for seeking a 
marriage partner— for companionship. Young men, when you 
were little, you went to Mother with all your hurts, your stories, 
your little joys. Mother filled a vital role in your life. Now you 
are growing up and becoming an individual with the need and a 
longing for a companion of your own— someone to share your 
heart, your life, your joys and sorrows. That is a God-given 
desire. It is true for the sisters as well. 

4. Allow God to lead you all the way. We see the 
importance Abraham's servant placed on this when he prayed in 
Genesis 24: 12: "And he said, O Lord God of my master 
Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew 
kindness unto my master Abraham." We know his request and 
the stipulations he laid out so that he would know God's will. 
Young brethren as you who take the lead in this matter, get 
down on your knees and pray! May I suggest that you fast? 
Diligently seek God's guidance. A few weeks? Maybe a month 
would be better. Pray until you are satisfied that God is 
leading. After you make known your wishes to the sister, give 
her time to pray as well. Accept her decision as the Lord's will. 
Open yourselves unreservedly to God's will and His leading. 
Abraham's servant, in verse 27, said, "I being in the way, the 
Lord led me." Young people can get in the Lord's way when 
they should be getting out of the way and letting God work! 

Psalm 37:5: "Commit thy way unto the Lord." Let God 
work out the details in the matter of courtship; trust your future 


into His hands. Certainly you have your part to do, but then let 
it rest with Him so that He can "bring it to pass." This takes 
faith, but there is such a blessing in moving forward with the 
confidence that God is leading. 

Self with its impulses must be laid aside. Young people are 
so often tempted to take things into their own hands. They 
scheme and connive, trying to make their dreams and plans and 
desires work out. Girls may be tempted to let down their 
standard a little, to become bold or silly to attract the attention 
of the boys. Girls, especially in their upper twenties, may feel 
that their hopes are getting a little slim and may begin grasping 
at straws. Sisters, you may attract a young man in that way, but 
you will attract the wrong kind. Crucify that desire to get 
attention with physical attraction— whether by perfume or 
hairstyle or fixed-up dresses or swaying body, or whatever. Do 
not lower your standard that way. 

Young brethren, your temptation, more likely, may be in 
showing interest or giving attention to a girl before you are 
ready to start a relationship. That is a serious injustice to young 
sisters. You have no right to give a girl special attention until 
you have prayed and counseled with others concerning God's 
will for you. God cannot bless such selfish and heartless 
actions, and if you are involved in such, get down on your 
knees and repent! 

Anyone who takes matters into his own hands is shutting 
the door on God's blessing and the leading of the Holy Spirit. 
Let God direct you; He has a lot more experience in this than 
you do. He has been doing it for years! Furthermore, do you 
want to marry if it is not God's will for you? Surely not! You 
must get to the place where you can honestly say before God, "I 
want to do whatever You want me to and be wherever You 
want me." When you can do that from your heart, then you are 
ready to let the Lord work in your life. 


5. Seek godly character and qualities. If you noticed, 
Abraham's servant put Rebekah to a character test. Rebekah 
passed the test. We saw she was practical, willing to work and 
to get dirty. She was involved in her family's affairs, knowing 
what was going on in the home and even in the barn. "We have 
both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in." She 
was also morally pure (she was a virgin), modest, and reserved, 
veiling herself in the presence of Isaac. 

We need to ask ourselves what it is that attracts us to a 
certain person. Is it physical charm or beauty, a winning 
personality, a feeling of comfort in his or her presence? Or do 
we see deeper qualities of genuine Christian experience? 
Remember, "beauty is only skin deep." Qualities that really 
matter are lasting— commitment to Christ, loyalty to and respect 
for home and church, sound conviction, modesty in dress and 
action. God's blessings are for those with spiritual desires. 

You want to marry in the Lord, in the fullest sense, but 
what you are attracted to accurately indicates what you are. 
Sisters, if you want a noble young man, be worthy of him. 
Brethren, if you want a virtuous wife, you must be worthy of 
her. Do not expect to be mediocre and get a good wife. 

6. Build your relationship on the spiritual or heart level 
Your goal is to learn to know each other's heart and mind. That 
is done by discussion. After church, discuss the message, 
compare your notes, discuss questions you may have had, the 
things that blessed you, the new convictions or ideals that you 
formed. Some people marry and live in separate worlds 
spiritually. Your needs will never be met in that way. 
Courtship is the time to build open relationships. 

You will also want to interact with families, especially with 
your friend's family. Do not just be by yourselves all the time, 
but learn to know your friend's homelife and how he relates to 
it. Read the Bible and pray together. This should begin early in 
courtship. Maybe you will not have a lot to say at first, 


but read a Scripture, discuss it a bit, and pray together. Perhaps 
the brother should lead out in prayer, but as the relationship 
grows, it is right for the sister to as well. Share and 
communicate. You may have reservations, but as you learn to 
know each other, share your ideals, goals, disappointments, and 
joys. If you have a friend who finds it hard to open up, ask 
questions— gently, of course, but do ask. Learn to confide in 
each other. Marriage is companionship, and it begins in 
courtship. If your friend is more interested in running around 
than in sharing, you ought to have a big question about your 

Discuss differences. Yes, you will have differences, and 
courtship is the time to work through them, You think that is 
hard, and you may be tempted to evade them. But if you 
cannot communicate and work through differences in courtship, 
you will not be able to in marriage either, and that will be a 
miserable existence. 

Communication does not throw out discretion. Be discreet 
with your expression of admiration for each other. Your 
relationship is still in the examination stage. Do not throw 
yourselves at each other. Make your filend win you. Do not 
get in a hurry. It is right to express appreciation, but guard how 
freely your words of admiration flow. 

7. Pure conduct is an absolute must for God's blessing. 
"Keep thyself pure. " "Flee also youthful lusts." "Abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." These are all 
Scriptural requirements. Courtship is not a time to become 
familiar with each other's body. Any activity that stimulates 
wrong desires is also sin. That is why we insist on a hands-off 
courtship. You know, young brethren, what causes you to 
think wrong thoughts-body contact, sitting too close, and such 
things. You need to remember, young people, that impurity is 
sin. It is sin before God. It will mar your conscience, and you 
will lose respect for each other. Physical preoccupation cuts off 


meaningful sharing and blinds you to true values. Remember 
also that one compromise will lead to another. It is like adding 
fuel to a fire. As the fire is never satisfied, so the flesh is never 
satisfied. Young man, if you truly love your friend, keep your 
hands off her until you are married. 

Set high ideals before you start courting, and stick to them 
when the temptations become real. Avoid late hours. 
Resistance breaks down when you are tired. Avoid too much 
time together alone, such as long trips. Plan your time together 
so that it is filled with worthwhile activities. Keep a proper 
reserve, not being careless or silly. Sisters, keep your shoes on 
your feet. Conduct yourselves in a way that is in keeping with 
your modest attire. You have no idea how your conduct and 
attire affect the thought life of your friend. Young man, before 
you leave home, get on your knees and pray. Ask the Lord to 
bless your time together and to guide you in all you do. Sisters, 
do the same. God will honor your prayers and bless you for a 
sincere effort to be pure, (to be concluded) 

By Clifford Nolt in The Christian Example 
Selected by Forrest Tate 

The Dirty Spoon 

Splish, splash, clink, clank! Maria was getting very wet, but 
she had to get the dishes done quickly. The big girls had talked 
about how some people could wash dishes so fast they could 
keep ten dryers busy! Maria wanted to learn to do that. 

Little sister Sarah wasn't even two people, and she was 
almost keeping up. She was also getting wet and did not like it. 

"Mother! 1 ' she cried. "Maria's getting water all over, and 
she isn't getting things clean!" 

"Slow down, Maria," Mother said. "The dishes must be 
clean, and you are getting water on the floor. You will not get 
to play any sooner if you must mop when you are done." 

Maria frowned. She wasn't in a hurry to play; she was in a 
hurry to be a big girl! Couldn't Mother see that? 

Maria was very happy when Grandpa came for supper that 
evening. She was puzzled, though, when she noticed he was 
eating everything with his fork, even his peas and jello. Was 
that the right way to do it? Then she saw the egg on his spoon, 
a spoon she had washed just that morning! Maria was very 
ashamed. She started to cry. 

Mother was also a little ashamed when she found out what 
was wrong. She went to get Grandpa a clean spoon and found 
a couple more dirty ones. "You must be more careful, Maria," 
she chided. 

Grandpa tried to make her feel better about it, but Maria 
still knew that from now on she would try to get the dishes 
clean, and not worry so much about being fast! 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VOL. 50 DECEMBER, 2003 No. 12 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


There ! s a song in the air! There's a star in the sky! 
There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry! 
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, 
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! 

There's a tumult of joy o'er the wonderful birth, 
For the virgin's sweet Boy is the Lord of the earth. 
Ay! the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, 
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! 

In the light of that star he the ages impearled, 
And that song from afar has swept over the world. 
Every hearth is aflame and the beautiful sing 
In the homes of the nations that Jesus is King! 

We rejoice in the light, and we echo the song 
That comes down through the night from the heavenly throng. 
Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring, 
And we greet in His cradle our Savior and King. 

Josiah G. Holland, 1819-1881 

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The Judean shepherds were in the fields that night. Wolves 
and dogs were ever ready to snatch a lamb, and these sheep 
were their livelihood. What began as a routine night in the cool 
fields was suddenly interrupted by a bright light and an angel 
with a message. "Fear not!" How could they not be afraid? 
But listen, "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which 
shall be to all people." Not just the Jews? "For unto you is 
born this day in the city of David. . ." They knew that was 
Bethlehem. "A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Isn't this 
what these humble men had been discussing and longing for? 
"And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe 
wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." Not the way 
they thought the Christ would come. But wait, a multitude of 
the heavenly host began praising God and saying, "Glory to 
God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." 

Peace? when there has been such a history of war? 
Everyone knew that Rome had conquered and held all nations 
in a grip of violence. They knew also that Israel was under 
God's censure and punishment. Could peace from God be 
coming? Would it be peace and goodwill to men as the angels 
chorused, and the end of war among people? 

The shepherds no doubt knew that Israel's strength had been 
measured by the size of their armies, the thousands "twenty 
years old and upward, able to go forth to war." But God had 
proved repeatedly that the "arm of flesh" was not enough. 
When Israel was faithful and trusted in God for protection, the 
size of the army didn f t matter. In Leviticus 26, God promised 
peace and prosperity "If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my 
commandments, and do them." " And ye shall chase your 


enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five 
of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put 
ten thousand to flight." 

God has a different way of winning. Isaiah 52:10: "The 
Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; 
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God." 
The shepherds found Jesus in a lowly manger. He grew up 
without fanfare. He did not pose as a mighty general, but as a 
meek and lowly healer of the hurts of humanity. 

In Revelation 5, the Lion of the tribe of Judah who 
prevailed to "open the book" appeared as a slain Lamb. A weak 
symbol? No, the victory song was "Worthy is the Lamb that 
was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and 
strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." God has a 
better way to victory than the strength of men or numbers. 

Men celebrate the birth of Jesus but still think they must go 
out and fight to win. Even Christians become embroiled in 
bitter conflict. We argue and take sides disregarding the way 
the Prince of Peace calls us to unity and harmony. Many 
congregations of God's people are under attack in various of 
Satan's devices. He would divide and devour like the wolves in 
the shepherds' flocks. Let us lift up our heads knowing our 
redemption draws near. Satan's time was short 2000 years ago. 
Surely it is almost up. Peace and goodwill have come. 

Jesus will win-has already won at Calvary. As one brother 
used to say, "Are we winning?" We can, but not with guns or 
even debate. It will be when we crucify the flesh, surrender our 
wills and hearts to our Saviour, and seek His will in every 

The shepherds hurried immediately to Bethlehem to see the 
Saviour. Let us go too, and see in the Spirit, the Prince of 
Peace, born to save, to suffer for us, to be our Redeemer. 
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will 
toward men." — L.C. 



"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him 
in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there 
was no room for them in the inn. And there was in the same 
country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over 
their flock by night And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon 
them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and 
they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: 
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall 
be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of 
David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. " (Luke 2:7-11) 

This manifestation of God's love for man by His coming to 
the earth in the form of flesh to bring redemption to fallen 
humanity, was one of the greatest miracles of the ages. The 
teaching, atonement, and resurrection of Jesus is the focal point 
of history. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and 
honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy 
pleasure they are and were created." (Rev. 4:11) God only has 
pleasure in righteousness. Man chose to sin bringing the 
penalty of death by reason of the righteous judgment of God. 
Only God can forgive sin. God in His infinite love sent His Son 
Jesus to earth to redeem mankind from sin and restore man to 
his created purpose. This restoration to righteousness is 
possible to every person through repentance and the accepting 
of Jesus' atonement and the practicing of Jesus' teaching. This 
gives meaning to these words of Jesus spoken just before His 
crucifixion: "And now I am no more in the world, but these are 
in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through 
thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may 
be one, as we are." (John 17:11) 

This is perhaps the most beautiful principle in the Bible: 
that of being one with the Lord and being one in the Lord. 
Only by the power of the Holy Spirit can this unity be 


experienced. The Christian experience has elevated God's 
children to the realm of spirituality only possible by the New 
Covenant. "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the 
first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to 
vanish away." (Heb. 8:13) The apostle Paul so nicely describes 
Jesus' relationship with His Church by comparing it to the 
conjugal one flesh relationship between man and wife. (Eph. 

I pray that we may honor the Christ child for His mission of 
preparing a way for us to experience an eternal one flesh 
relationship with God and His people. "For unto us a child is 
born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be 
upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, 
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The 
Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace 
there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his 
kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with 
justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of 
host will perform this. " (Isaiah 9:6 ,7) 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 


Susannah (Susie) Sell was born in a Brethren home near 
Lake Odessa, Michigan, January 17, 1910. The oldest of 
Solomon and Margaret (Mote) Lavys eleven children, her 
growing up years were busy helping to care for her younger 
brothers and sisters. She moved with her parents and siblings 
Martha and Joseph to Ohio in a covered wagon in October, 
1915. Susie was so glad when the long ten day trip was over, 
arriving at the family home built by her great-grandparents, on 
what is now Children f s Home Bradford Road in Darke County. 


On February 9, 1929, she was married to Creele Sell. They 
had eight children: Lee, Ruby, Lester (who died of cancer in 
1983), Calvin, Martha, Charles, Edith, and Glen. They raised 
two foster children, Eddie and Geri Hodge, who still fondly call 
her "Mom." Four of her brothers and one sister have died: 
John Allen as an infant with a heart problem, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Daniel, and Mary GraybilL She has four sisters and one brother 
still living: Martha Brumbaugh, Elizabeth Garber, twins Rhoda 
Milyard and Ruth Flora, and Andrew Lavy. 

Susie and Creele were married for sixty-nine years until his 
passing in November, 1997. She was a faithful, obedient wife, 
living up to her marriage vows according to Ephesians 5:22. 
She answered the Lord's call early in life and was baptized, 
becoming a member of the Old Order German Baptist Church. 
She followed her husband to different churches as long as she 
felt safe in doing so; then waited until led once more to the Old 
Brethren Church in Ohio in 1979, where she enjoys the 
fellowship and feels at home, though failing in health of body 
and mind. Her one big joy is attending worship services and 
being with the members. 

The family recreation was visiting relatives in other states 
such as Arkansas, and son Lee, in California, when they could 
spend the winter visiting our members, too. She moved from 
the farm where they raised their family and is currently living at 
Rest Haven Nursing Home, where she is well cared for, and 
where she tries to comfort those who cry out for love and those 
who are sorrowing. 

Susie's quick wit and ever ready sense of humor have helped 
her through many hard places in life, and have lifted the spirits 
of others. That dear grin still lurks at the corners of her mouth, 
ready to break into a big smile. Susie has, indeed, learned "in 
whatsoever state (she is), therewith to be content. 1 ' 

Compiled by Ruth Flora, sister. 


A Divine Perspective —Lloyd Wagner Jun 

Annual Meeting 2003 -Lloyd Wagner Jul 

Appointments — L.C. Feb 

Aunt Sylvia -Martha J. Cover Sep 

Blessed Children —Janice Royer Mar 

Brokenness -Sel. by Lois Martin Oct 

Characteristics of the Self Life May 
Christian School Views-A Goal Check for Parents -Merna Shank Feb 
Comments on Musical Instruments -Sel by Charlotte Frick Apr 

Death Not Feared -L.C. Apr 

Enough Pain? -Susanna Tate Aug 
History of the Brethren —L.C. 

Brethren Backgrounds Jan, Feb 

Alexander Mack, Sr. Mar, Apr, May 

Schwarzenau Baptism Jun, Jul 

The First Eight Aug, Sep 

Hooked on Milk -L.C. Jun 

Hymn History-Trust and Obey -Jean Martin Jan 

I Am Not Worthy -L.C. Aug 

Jesus the Christ Child -Joseph E. Wagner Dec 

Lead Us Not into Temptation -Ron Cable Feb 

Look Up -Joseph E. Wagner Apr 

Mercy -Kenneth Garber Mar 

Mexico Sep 

Mother's Hands ~L. C. May 

No Place Like Home -L.C. Mar 

On Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men -L.C. Dec 

Personal Profile of Susie Sell -Ruth Flora Dec 

Praise Is Faith at Work -Wesley Duewel Aug 

Pray for Peace -L.C. Mar 

Responsibility -L.C. Sep 

Resting in Reality -Kenneth Martin Feb 

Security - Vicki L. Witmer Jun 

Such Is the Kingdom of Heaven -David Cover Sep 

Thand God for Friends -L. C. Nov 

Thank You, Brother! Thank You, Sister -Linda Frick Jan 

The Divine Caregiver -L.C. Jan 

The Law or Grace -Calvin R. Johnson May 

The Power of His Resurrection -Susanna Tate Mar 

The Stability of Thy Times --Tom Royer Jun 

Thoughts -Kevin Garber May 

Time and Patience -Joseph E. Wagner Nov 

Viola Wolf -Martha J. Cover Oct 

Wasted Food in The United States Jan 

What About the Future? -L.C. Oct 

Where Could I Go? --L. C. Jul 
Working Together in God's Husbandry -Calvin R. Johnson Apr 


Come Heaven Bound Pilgrims -John M. Shenk Feb 

Dear Lord, I Do Not Ask May 

Father, Let Me Dedicate -Lawrence Tuttlett Jan 

Father's Day --L.C. Jun 

Four Things -Henry van Dyke Mar 

God's Furnace -Elizabeth Royer Aug 

God's Parental Guidance -Vicki L. Witmer Jan 

Help Me to Be Holy Jul 

His Guiding Presence -Laura Benedict Dec 

I Am an Influence -Elizabeth Royer Oct 

If We Could See Beyond Today Mar 

In Memory ~ W. J. Nov 

Never in Vain -Sel by Susanna Tate Aug 

Pentecost Jun 

Planting in Faith -Calvin R. Johnson Apr 

Teach Me Thy Will, O Lord Oct 

The Harvest Moon Creeps O'er the Sky Nov 

The Heavenly Way -Leona I. Miller May 

The Pain of Parting -Sel. by Mervin and Gloria Hilty Mar 

The Stone Rolled Away Apr 

There's A Song in the Air -Josiah G. Holland Dec 

Throned upon the Awful Tree Apr 

To All My Family and Many Friends -Elma Moss Nov 

Two Prayers -Sel by Lloyd Wagner Oct 

We Saw Thee Not Jun, Sep 
Zion's Glorious Past Trans, by Peter Hoover and Michael Harris Mar 


Plea for Perfection -Joy Royer Jan 

A Prayer for Our School -Susanna Tate Feb 

Unfolding the Rose Mar 

Appreciation -David and Elva Royer Apr 

Peace and Pardon -Susanna Tate Apr 

The Stormy Night -Susanna Tate May 

How Much I Owe -Susanna Tate Jun 

A Secure Haven -Susanna Tate Jul 

Maturity -Sel by Regina Bayer Aug 
Obedience When Coming to the Years of Understanding Aug 

Ocean Song -Susanna Tate Sep 

Courtship God Can Bless -Sel by Forrest Tate Oct, Nov, Dec 


What's the Verse? Jan 

Charity. . .Rejoiceth Not in Iniquity -Linda Frick Feb 

Charity. . .Thinketh No Evil -Linda Frick Mar 

Do I Love Enough? -Esther Taylor Apr 

Charity. . .Beareth All Things -Linda Frick Apr 

Charity. . .Believeth All Things -Linda Frick May 

Charity. . .Hopeth All Things -Linda Frick Jun 

Charity. . .Endureth All Things -Linda Frick Jul 

Sammy the Sunflower - Martha J. Wagner Aug 

Rusty Trilliums -Martha J. Wagner Sep 

Jason, the Brave -Martha J. Wagner Oct 

The Dirty Spoon -Martha J. Wagner Nov 

A Very Painful Lesson - Martha J. Wagner Dec 


Connor Merrill Royer Dec. 4, 2002 

Dirk Nicholas Flora Dec. 1 1, 2002 

Anthony James Cover Dec. 17, 2002 

Juliana Hope Beery Dec. 25, 2002 

Kara Rachel Beery Jan. 1 1 

Sadie Josephine Royer Feb. 7 

Alec Demitri Huffman Feb. 12 

Cora Elaine Cover Mar. 21 

Abner Joel Cable Mar. 28 

Tommi Michelle Cover Sep 5, 1999 

Adopted May 1,2003 

Births (continued) 

Aaron Joseph Stalter 

May 23 

Christopher Mark Albers 

Jun. 13 

Journey Powell 

Jul 14 

Joel Stephen Beery 

Jul. 20 

Stefan Elias Harris 

Aug. 7 

Benjamin John Wagner 

Aug. 19 

Jadrian Skyler Root 

Sep. 13 

Trent Eldon Hilty 

Sep. 26 

Rudy Andrew Cable 

Sep. 30 

Celesta Eden Martin 

Oct. 23 

Jairus Lee Martin 

Nov. 10 

Weston Mark Martin 

Nov. 20 


Keith Rhoades and Marlene Hilty 

Dec. 21, 2002 

Reuben Royer and Abigail Miller 

Mar. 29, 2003 

Nathan Royer and Kerry Royer 

Apr. 19 

Chad Meyers and Jessica Cover 

Jun. 5 

Allen Hilty and Carletta Huffman 

Jun. 14 


Roger and Mary Williams 

Apr. 13 

Laura Caudill 

Apr. 13 

Catherine Johnson 

Apr. 23 

Bradley Royer 

May 25 

Ian Savage 

Jun. 6 

Timothy Tate 

Aug 14 


Marlin David Huffinan 

Nov. 28, 2002 

Karen Lynn (Garber) Mitchell 

Dec. 24, 2002 

Elma Louise Moss 

Sep. 30, 2003 


"And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest, 
And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up 
hence." (Ex. 33:14,15) 

Our spirits sometimes weary of struggling for the right. 
Our footsteps often falter in all the toil and strife. 
Our minds with care are burdened until we cannot think. 
Our hearts with fear are heavy; we feel our courage sink. 

We know He sayeth, "Trust Me; all things work for thy good." 
But from our human reasoning, we don r t see how they could. 
It seems a hopeless muddle— How can it all work out? 
The spirit's truly willing, but flesh begins to doubt. 

If we'll examine closely, quite often we will find 
The problem lies within us: weVe left the Lord behind. 
His steps are often slower than what we like to go, 
And so we hurry onward, afraid to take it slow. 

But if we will remember His words of long ago, 

He told His servant Moses to tell His people so: 

"My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 

The land I sware thy fathers shall be by thee possessed." 

And Moses said unto Him, "If Thou go not with me, 
Carry not up this people-no, never let it be! 
How shall we know Thy favor doth rest upon us here, 
If Thou go not up with us, and in Thy cloud appear?" 

And thus upon our journey from Egypt's bondage here, 
To Canaan's land of plenty where all His saints appear, 
If we can keep His presence held close within our breast, 
He's promised He will guide us, and give our spirits rest. 

Laura Benedict, Knob Noster, Missouri 
Selected by Everett and Nancy Oyler 


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

We thank you for the support that we have received this 
past year. We have received support in many different ways, 
and we hardly know how to express our gratitude and 
appreciation. We do believe the help and support that we 
received was a testimony of Christ and His church to us and to 
those involved at the hospital. We do not know what is ahead, 
but we trust God that He will be there for us, and ask an 
interest in your continued prayers. 

With utmost appreciation and gratitude for the prayers and 

Philip, Rhoda, Eli, Elbert, and Alec Huflman 

MARTIN - A son, Jairus Lee, born November 10 to Matthew 
and Sarah Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 
MARTIN - A son, Weston Mark, born November 20 to Neil 
and Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 

Kendall Moser: 67525 C.R. 1 1 

Nappanee, IN 46550-9328 

Brian Root: 301 N. Fellowship Dr. Apt. 44 

N. Manchester, IN 46962 


Courtship God Can Bless (Part 3) 
At times, after some time in courtship has elapsed, one or 
both may not feel right about continuing the relationship. 
Discontinuing a courtship is hard, but it is better than a lifetime 


of regret. Here are four right reasons, I believe, for 
discontinuing a courtship. 

1. You sense no growth in appreciation, attraction, or 
respect. In other words, your hearts seemingly fail to knit 
together. You do not feel a growing enjoyment in his or her 
presence, but would rather be with your other friends. If after a 
period of time you feel that nothing favorable is happening, then 
you have reason to discontinue. 

2. Your partner evidences failure or a spiritual need As 
you learn to know your friend better, ask yourself whether your 
courtship is making you a better Christian. Or is the 
relationship dragging you down spiritually? As you sense 
evident spiritual needs, you have a right reason to discontinue 
the relationship. 

3. An incompatibility or an inability to work through 
differences exists. You face differences, and when you try to 
work through them, you just cannot get together. She thinks 
one way, and you think the other way, and it seems you are far 
apart in your ideals. Do not give up easily, but if this truly is 
the case, it is a reason to end the courtship. 

4. You have persistent uncertainty or doubt. You will want 
to try to work through doubts or questions. But if uncertainty 
persists, especially if serious doubts continue, do not keep on 
courting. Sometimes there is a place to put the courtship on 
hold for a few months as a time of proving and to give 
yourselves to more prayer. Then if you decide to discontinue 
the courtship, be respectful and considerate. Let your friend 
know precisely why you feel as you do. 

When is it right to proceed with engagement? 

First of all, when you are convinced that God has led you 
together. You have spent enough time together and know each 
other well enough that you are convinced God has led you 
together for life. Secondly, when you feel confident of 
compatibility. You sense that you are one in your objectives, 


and that you are able to work through your differences. 
Thirdly, when life would no longer be the same or be complete 
without the other. Your love has grown till you sense a willing 
sacrifice for each other, and you find it hard to think of life 
without your friend. Fourthly, when you are confident that 
your fiiend will make a good companion and enhance your 
spiritual life. Do not expect to change your partner after 
marriage, especially when obvious spiritual needs exist. 
Certainly there will be some changes as you help each other to 

Engagement is not a time for physical intimacy. You can 
ruin in your time of engagement all that you have built 
throughout your whole courtship. You may ask, how long 
should the engagement be? That varies. The distance between 
you and your age are a few of the factors to consider. 
Now just a few do's and don'ts: 

1. Avoid boy-girl teasing and pairing up couples. 
Courtship and marriage are too sacred to be treated in such a 
light manner. You can be a tremendous hindrance to each other 
by not recognizing that. 

2. Do not warp your concept of love and marriage with 
romance books. I fear that some of our sisters have developed 
a wrong view of what marriage is by the trash they have read. 
You cannot swallow everything that has the word Christian in 
front of it. 

3. Whether or not you are involved in courtship, maintain 
social reserve. Young brethren and young sisters, avoid the 
free mingling together, the teasing, the pushing, and the 
jumping around together. Looseness and freedom in these 
things break down a vital and essential respect. 

Young people, stay close to God, mind His Spirit, His 
Word, and the counsel of others; and God will abundantly bless 
you. Genesis 24:67 states how Isaac brought Rebekah into his 
mother's tent, and she became his wife, and he loved her and 


was comforted after his mother's death. We desire this kind of 
enduring love and comfort for each of you whom God leads 
into marriage. And if God does not lead you into marriage, 
give your life in serving the Lord otherwise. Do not mope or 
pout; do not waste your life in bitterness. The church has work 
for you to do. Get busy and do it. 

by Clifford Nolt in The Christian Example 
Selected by Forrest Tate 

A Very Painful Lesson 

Lonnie liked sweet peppers. He liked them green, yellow, 
or red. But Mama said these tiny little red ones were very hot, 
and Lonnie would not like them. She said he must not even 
touch them! But how could they be hot when they had set in 
the cool pantry for so long? 

Lonnie wanted very much to try one. He ran to the window 
and saw Mama hanging clothes on the line. He heard Papa 
singing in the barn. They would never know if he ate one. 

Lonnie picked one up. He felt bad inside. That little pepper 
sure looked good, but he felt worse and worse inside. He 
decided he would not eat it after all. He put it down and left 
the pantry, but he still felt bad inside because he had disobeyed. 

Lonnie heard Mama coming into the house. It made him 
feel worse, so he ran out the other door to the sand-box, but he 
didn ! t really feel like playing. 

A breeze blew a little sand into Lonnie's eyes, and he rubbed 
it out. Ow! Ow! Ow! What was wrong with Lonnie's eyes? 
Oh! how they burned! The more Lonnie rubbed, the more they 
hurt! Oh, how he cried! 

Mama and Papa came running to help. Papa helped Lonnie 
wash his face again and again with a cool, wet cloth, but Lonnie 
still cried very hard for a long time. 

Finally Lonnie was sniffling more than he was crying, and 
through his tears he could see that Papa looked very stern. 
"Mama told you not to touch those peppers." Papa said. 

Lonnie looked very surprised. How did Papa know? He 
couldn't know! He had been in the barn! 

"I didn't, Papa," Lonnie said. 

"Oh, Lonnie! Why did you he? Weren't your poor sore 
eyes punishment enough? Papa is sorry he must punish you 
some more!" 

When Lonnie quit crying again, Papa talked to him a long 
time about how wrong lying is, and how he must obey even if 
Mama and Papa won't know if he didn't, because God knows— 
and about how chili peppers have oil in them that will burn your 
eyes very badly! And Lonnie hoped that if he was ever tempted 
to disobey again, he would remember those chili peppers and 
just not do it. 

Martha J. Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 

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